Commonwealth Small States

Issues and Prospects

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Small states face unique challenges as they adapt to the demands of an increasingly global economy. This publication, produced with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, surveys the range of challenges facing small states, including environmental and trade issues, economic problems, the particular challenges facing small states in development, education, and governance, and the issue of regionalism. The book provides policy-makers and parliamentarians worldwide with a detailed insight into how these issues uniquely impact upon small states, and offers recommendations on how to strengthen their capacity to exploit the new opportunities and challenges arising from globalisation.



Public Sector Reform in Small States: Cases from the Commonwealth Caribbean

In the last two decades the role of the state in development has come under challenge. The reasons for this include the fiscal crises that hit most developing countries in the 1980s, weakening the ability of the state to fund development programmes; the stabilisation and structural adjustment policies that followed, which imposed reductions in the role and size of government and an increase in the scope and activities of the private sector; and the elaboration, from the beginning of the 1990s, of programmes of ‘good governance’ that aimed to build ‘an effective state’ through matching a state's role to its capability, which required a sharper focus on fundamentals, and raising state capability by reinvigorating public institutions. In the achievement of these last set of activities sweeping public sector reform was to be encouraged.


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