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The Costs of Regime Survival

Racial Mobilization, Elite Domination and Control of the State in Guyana and Trinidad

The Costs of Regime Survival by Percy C. Hintzen
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This comparative study of two republics - Guyana in South America, and Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean - examines the conditions which determine regime survival in less developed countries. Given the structure of political and economic organization typical of these countries, and of the web of international relations of which they are a part, political survival can very often depend on a leader's willingness to serve the interests of a small, but politically strategic minority. In both Guyana and Trinidad post-independence leaders made politically expedient decisions that foreclosed policy choices consistent with the satisfaction of collective needs. As a result both countries experienced a series of political and economic crises. This in-depth comparative study of Guyana and Trinidad will be of interest to all scholars, students and policy-makers concerned with aspects of political and economic development in the Third World.
Cambridge University Press; September 1989
251 pages; ISBN 9780511875175
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Title: The Costs of Regime Survival
Author: Percy C. Hintzen