Derek O'Brien's The Constitutional Systems of the Commonwealth Caribbean: A PDF

By Derek O'Brien

ISBN-10: 184946152X

ISBN-13: 9781849461528

The Commonwealth Caribbean includes a gaggle of nations (mainly islands) mendacity in an arc among Florida within the north and Venezuela within the south. various broadly when it comes to their dimension, inhabitants, ethnic composition and monetary wealth, those international locations are, however, associated through their shared event of colonial rule less than the British Empire and their selection, upon reaching independence, to undertake a constitutional process of presidency in keeping with the so-called 'Westminster model'.

Since independence those international locations have, primarily, loved a sustained interval of relative political balance, that's in marked distinction to the adventure of former British colonies in Africa and Asia. This e-book seeks to discover how a lot of this can be as a result of their constitutional preparations by way of interpreting the constitutional structures of those nations of their context and wondering how good the Westminster version of democracy has effectively tailored to its transplantation to the Commonwealth Caribbean.

While taking due account of the region's colonial earlier and its imprint on postcolonial constitutionalism, the e-book additionally considers outstanding advancements that experience happened given that independence. those contain the transformation of Guyana from a parliamentary democracy to a Cooperative Republic with an government president; the construction of a Caribbean unmarried marketplace and economic system and its implications for nationwide sovereignty; and the substitute of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council through the Caribbean courtroom of Justice because the ultimate courtroom of allure for a couple of nations within the sector. The publication additionally addresses the resurgence of curiosity in constitutional reform around the area within the final 20 years, which has culminated in calls for for radical reforms of the Westminster version of presidency and the severance of all ultimate hyperlinks with colonial rule.

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