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Pearson A. Broome is in the department of government, sociology and social work at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus.
Chapter 1: The Vulnerability of Governance in the Caribbean: Threats to sustainability
Chapter 2: What’s in an Ethical Turn?
Chapter 3: The Intellectual Bias Against Ethics
Chapter 4: Whence We’ve come: The Systemic Dimensions of Modernization
Chapter 5: Modernization and Its Institutional Manifestations on The Liberal Democratic State
Chapter 6: The Unintended Consequences (Paradoxes) of Good Governance
Chapter 7: The Paradox of Democracy: When Democracy Can Undermine Good Governance
Chapter 8: Conclusion: Governing Without Government?
There are rising governance concerns in many Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries. Broome, who has in-depth expertise in regional governance efforts, argues that a lack of focus on ethical consciousness has hindered the development of a regional framework and stifled enthusiasm for new initiatives. He identifies a number of failed and vulnerable states that have not achieved sustainable institutional capacity, curbed corruption or reduced crime, or lifted people out of poverty. Broome asserts that Caribbean countries have often adopted corporatist and consumerist approaches to engage in the global economy. As a political theorist, he is critical of management science for neglecting ethical approaches to governance, and the field of development ethics is not focused enough on corruption problems. Broome offers an ethical institutional framework to shift scholarship, as much as applied governance, toward combating what he calls an epistemological and ontological crisis. The chapter notes provide context for readers unfamiliar with the historical details of CARICOM countries, but the book is probably most useful to scholars already well versed in Caribbean governance issues. The text may also be relevant to those studying other developing regions and to critics of neoliberalism. Highly recommended. Researchers and faculty.— Choice Reviews