Structuralist approaches to social & economic development in the English speaking Caribbean

McKenzie, Rex A. (2005) Structuralist approaches to social & economic development in the English speaking Caribbean. In: 6th Annual SALISES Conference : Governance, Institutions and Economic Growth: Reflections on Sir Arthur Lewis’ Theory of Economic Growth; 17-18 Mar 2005, Mona, Jamaica. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This is a survey essay surveying the early period of Caribbean Political Economy from WA Lewis’ Industrialization of the British West Indies (1949) to Beckford’s (1972) and, Best & Levitt’s Plantation Economy Models (1975). It emphasizes the structuralist origins of the body of knowledge and reunites it with the new structuralism of Jose Antonio Ocampo and the ECLAC perspective. Along the way the principal problems blocking progress towards growth and development in the English speaking Caribbean are laid out. The paper attempts to close a gap between structuralist theory from the Caribbean and that of the heterodox theory emanating from Europe and North America. Too often, these two heterodox traditions which ought to be informing each other end up talking past each other. The intent is twofold; first, to build a bridge between the two schools of thought and second, laying the building blocks for the generation of a policy capable of stopping the long term tendency towards stagnation. Key words: economic growth; economic development, political economy. JEL classification: 010; O54; P0

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Title: 6th Annual SALISES Conference : Governance, Institutions and Economic Growth: Reflections on Sir Arthur Lewis’ Theory of Economic Growth
Organising Body: Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), University of the West Indies
Research Area: Economics and econometrics
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (until 2017) > School of Economics, History and Politics (from November 2012)
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Depositing User: Rex Mckenzie
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2016 08:41
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2016 08:41
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/36115

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