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Conventional politics or revolution: Black Power and the radical challenge to the Westminster model in the Caribbean

Quinn, K; (2015) Conventional politics or revolution: Black Power and the radical challenge to the Westminster model in the Caribbean. Commonwealth & Comparative Politics , 53 (1) pp. 71-94. 10.1080/14662043.2014.993145. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper examines one of the most significant antecedents to, and influences on, the Grenada Revolution: the Black Power movement in Trinidad and Tobago. Focusing on the National Joint Action Committee and the New Beginning Movement, it examines their critiques of the Westminster model of governance, and the alternatives they offered. It considers whether these critiques gave rise to any political reforms in Trinidad, and asks whether the apparent failure of the Black Power movement to bring about radical political change testifies to the legitimacy and robustness of the Westminster model in the Trinidadian context. In so doing, it sheds light on the lesser known political dimensions of Caribbean Black Power; provides a regional perspective on the ideological currents feeding into the Grenada Revolution; and highlights the existence of Caribbean political thought and practice that looked beyond Westminster to conceive alternative forms of democracy and political participation.

Type: Article
Title: Conventional politics or revolution: Black Power and the radical challenge to the Westminster model in the Caribbean
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14662043.2014.993145
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14662043.2014.993145
Language: English
Additional information: © 2015 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The moral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted.
Keywords: Black Power, National Joint Action Movement, New Beginning Movement, New Jewel Movement, Grenada Revolution, Westminster model, Trinidad, Caribbean
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of the Americas
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1471278
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