Regime characteristics and health policy reform in the post-colonial state : a comparative case study of the influence of regime characteristics on health human resources policy and policy reform processes in Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, 1970-1990

Ramnath, Kalawatie

Political science; Public administration; Medical care
July 1998

Thesis or dissertation

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In this dissertation, I examine and compare the influence of the following regime characteristics -strength, stability, ideology, democracy and survival/maintenance - on post-colonial health human resources policy processes within one sub-region: the Commonwealth Caribbean; with special reference to Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago (hereinafter called Trinidad) between 1970 to 1990. As I want to comparatively assess the role of these characteristics in post-colonial policy processes, I shall in this chapter place my study within the context of colonial regime characteristics, society and reform processes, assessing its possible influences on post-colonial political developments. This forms the basis of my analysis of policy within these three `post-colonial' states during the 1970s and 1980s. Section One describes the paradox of health and health human resources status in the Commonwealth Caribbean during the 1970s and 1980s. In Section Two, I describe the area under study. In Section Three, I examine possible linkages with the nature of power and reform under colonial regimes. In Section Four, I analyse the influence of regime characteristics on policy processes by assessing health policy outcomes of postwar reform. I begin with an examination of the contradictory status of Commonwealth Caribbean health and health human resources development in the 1970s and 1980s.

Institute for Health Studies, The University of Hull
Alaszewski, Andy
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University of Hull; British Council
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