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Patterns of Growth and Social Development in the Anglophone Caribbean

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Ramesh Ramsaran

Abstract

In the post-independence period, the Anglophone Caribbean has been able to achieve a moderate growth performance, and with it has come some improvement in the standard of living. Income and employment, however, remain volatile in these small economies that have achieved little diversification and remain vulnerable to external developments and natural disasters. Foreign exchange problems in some cases have forced the reform of policies in certain areas, but the process of adaptation to the changing global environment lacks clear direction and is urgently in need of strategic rethinking as old structures and failed policies take their exit.

En el período de la post-independencia, el Caribe anglofono ha logrado alcanzar un crecimiento moderado, y con ello una cierta mejoría en el estándar de vida. La renta y el empleo, sin embargo, siguen siendo volátiles en estas pequeñas economías con poca diversificación y alto grado de vulnerabilidad a los factores externos y los desastres naturales. Los problemas del mercado de cambios han forzado la reforma de políticas en ciertas áreas, pero el proceso de adaptación a los cambios globales carece de una dirección clara. Se hace urgente, por lo tanto una revisión estratégica orientada a eliminar viejas estructuras y políticas erróneas .

How to Cite: Ramsaran, R., (2001). Patterns of Growth and Social Development in the Anglophone Caribbean. Iberoamericana – Nordic Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. 31(2), pp.37–64. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16993/ibero.129
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Published on 01 Jun 2001.
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