In this article, Mervyn Claxton develops the suggestion made in the closing paragraphs of his earlier article, A Flawed Thesis: the Inadequacies of Western Liberal Democracy, to the effect that Caricom should develop alternative modes of governance which are better suited to the region’s socio-cultural realities and that, in doing so, we should draw upon our ancestral African and Indian traditions. He argues that although the changes in modes of governance, which may emerge as a result of current or future national initiatives in that direction would necessarily differ from country to country, because of a shared history and a marked similarity in economic circumstances and geopolitical challenges, Caricom countries should be able to develop a regional governance paradigm capable of accommodating differences in national governance paradigms.

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