Ministries of Education in Small States

Case Studies of Organisation and Management

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The conventional literature on public administration is dominated by the pattern and concerns of large countries. It does not address the needs of small countries, which have very different organisational and managerial frameworks. For example, what degree of specialisation is possible in a ministry which has only a small number of professional staff? And what are the implications for management of highly personalised societies in which everybody seems to know everybody else?

This book presents 14 studies written by people who are actually grappling with the issues about which they write, and will be of value to academics as well as to administrators and trainers. It is a companion to Making Small Practical: The Organisation and Management of Ministries of Education in Small States.




Montserrat is one of the few remaining United Kingdom dependent territories. In the Caribbean it shares colonial status with Anguilla, the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, and the Turks & Caicos Islands. On several occasions the territory has received United Nations visiting missions which have been invited by the UK government, but after negotiations in 1966 the people elected to retain their existing constitution and not move towards independence (Fergus 1979, 1985).


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