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Trinidad and Tobago: Ethnic Conflict, Inequality, and Public Sector Governance

How does a multi-ethnic society resolve the contentious issue of shares and resource allocation without damaging the state? Arguing that ethnic divides in underdeveloped states are much more evident than in developed countries, this study examines inequality in relation to distributive justice, the adaptation of political structures and institutions, the role of symbols of recognition in representation and strategies of conflict management in power sharing, resource allocation and public policy.

Ethnicity, Inequality and Conflict: An Introduction
The Peoples of Trinidad and Tobago: Historical and Constitutional Evolution
Struggles over the Distribution of Posts in the Public Service, Private Sector, Cabinet, Parliament and Presidency
Identity Politics: Struggles over Symbols, Culture and History
Partisan Politics, Electoral Systems and Ethnic Strife
Modes and Mechanisms of Inter-Ethnic Conflict Management

This book is part of the UNRISD series, Ethnicity, Inequality and Public Sector Governance, which is the first major comparative study on ethnic inequalities in the public. It examines the complex ways ethnic diversity affects the constitution and management of the public sectors of multiethnic societies under formal democratic rule.

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  • Publication and ordering details
  • Pub. Date: 11 Apr 2007
    Pub. Place: Basingstoke
    ISBN: 13:978-0-230-52182-7
    Type: Hardback
    From: Palgrave