Caribbean Political Economy

Social and Solidarity Economy: real alternative to neoliberal development or just another intellectual fashion? A Note

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A reflection, from a Caribbean perspective,  on a recent international conference on the potential and limits of social and solidarity economy.

In the Caribbean SSE is a tradition that goes at least as far back as to the mutual aid practices in free villages formed by newly emancipated persons after 1838; and similar practices of formerly indentured labourers…



Global Crisis, Norman Girvan

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To readers of ‘Caribbean Political Economy’

It has become evident that our world is caught up in a crisis of multiple dimensions-ecological, financial, economic, social and political. They are all interconnected-recent political eruptions of one sort or another reflect crises of inequality and social exclusion exacerbated by economic pressures on ordinary people everywhere that are rooted in the crisis of finance capitalism and its consequences including rising food and energy prices, growing unemployment and cuts in the social wage…


Its Revolution Time, Camille Chalmers

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Excerpts from the speech at the House of Alba on July 28 2011 in the Meeting-Workshop of the Network of Networks in Defense of Humanity.

I want to touch on three aspects of resistance. First, resistance to imperialism and neoliberal globalization; second, resistance to the capitalist system; and third, the challenges of building alternatives to capitalism…

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Is ALBA a New Model of Integration? Reflections on the CARICOM Experience, Norman Girvan

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Forthcoming in the International Journal of Cuban Studies, September 2011

This paper is a step towards evaluating the claims of ALBA to be a new model of integration that is superior to neoliberal integration schemes. It draws lessons from the experience of three Caribbean countries which at one and the same time are members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM); participate in an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union and are members of ALBA..

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PetroCaribe: Fine Example of Political Collaboration Jamaica Gleaner 27 August 2012

Bolivia, Ecuador: Economic Defiance Pays Off, Mark Weisbrot

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Among the conventional wisdom that we hear every day in the business press is that developing countries should bend over backwards to create a friendly climate for foreign corporations, follow orthodox (neo-liberal) macro-economic policy advice, strive to achieve an investment-grade sovereign credit rating so as to attract more foreign capital.

Guess what country is expected to have the fastest economic growth in the Americas this year? Bolivia….

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The Right to Delirium, Eduardo Galeano

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” El derecho al delirio”, in Archipielago: Revista Cultural de Nuestra America. No. 22/23, March-June 1999. Informal English translation by Norman Girvan.,  

Eduardo Galeano

Eduardo Galeano

The new millennium is upon us! We shouldn’t take it too seriously: after all, the year 2001 of the Christians is the year 1379 of the Muslims, 5114 of the Mayas and 5762 of the Jews. The new millennium starts on January 1st thanks to the caprice of the senators of Imperial Rome who decided one fine day to break with the tradition of celebrating the New Year at the beginning of spring. And the annual count of the Christian era derives from another caprice: one fine day, the Pope of Rome decided to fix the date of the birth of Christ, although nobody really knew when He was born…

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From Infinite War to Infinite Crisis, Atilio Boron

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Paper presented at the XI Conference on Gloablization and Problems of Deverlopment, Havana, 2-6 March, 2009. Used as the basis for Reflections of Fidel, 9 March 20

Atilio Boron

Atilio Boron


(The Bush) Administration has left as an inheritance a true economic and financial tsunami on a global scale: an ” infinite crisis” whose reach defies our imagination. In the following pages, we would like to share some ideas about the current capitalist crisis, its probable ” solutions” and the role that a renewed socialist option might play in the present juncture. Given time restrictions we’ll avoid unnecessary technical jargon and will try to express things plainly, yet without resorting to oversimplifications…

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The Illiberal Reality of Structural Adjustment Programs, April Bernard and Osaretin Iyare

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Presentation at XI Conference on Globalization and Problems of Development, Havana, Cuba, 2-6 March 2009.

An understanding of the contextual nature of poverty has implications for responses that seek to improve social status and economic well-being. The presentation explores the implications of using a ” one size fits all approach” to eradicating poverty and postulates that effective anti-poverty programs must be based upon a sound understanding of the local context of a country. It aims is to stimulate critical debate and discussion of the ways in which the multidimensional and context specific causes of poverty can be integrated into dynamic and comprehensive perspectives on poverty eradication as a modification to the prevailing neo-liberal prescription in developing countries.


ALBA and Petrocaribe: An Alternative to Neoliberal Integration? Norman Girvan

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Presentation at XI Conference on Globalization and Problems of Development, Havana, Cuba, March 4, 2009

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There is An Alternative,  Yes Cuba, No. 7.

ALBA, Petrocaribe and Caricom, Norman Girvan

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Issues in a New Dynamic (30/05/08)

The emergence of Venezuelan-promoted ALBA and Petrocaribe and their growing relations with several Caricom countries is a significant recent development in regional affairs; with Petrocaribe now the largest source of concessional lending to Caribbean oil-importing countries. This paper examines the trade, financial and social cooperation programmes of ALBA and concludes that participation in ALBA is not incompatible with membership of Caricom. It also addresses broader strategic issues including diversification of Caricom’s international economic relations; opportunities for mutually advantageous forms of South-South cooperation; and the scope,   for a coordinated trade policy by Caricom…

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