Facilitator or hindrance of social change? The Westminster model and racial discrimination on the Jamaican labour Market, 1944-1980

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Between 1944 and 1962, Jamaica witnessed a process of Westminsterisation. The Westminster model has the potential to bring about socio-economic change as its executive can move its policy agenda quickly through the legislature because it is created from a majority in the legislature’s lower house. Yet it can also stifle change because of its lack of separation between the executive and legislative branches of government and other attributes. This article illustrates this duality of the Westminster model in the Caribbean through a case study of the attitudes of the Jamaican government towards racial discrimination on the labour market between 1944 and 1980.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-48
Number of pages20
JournalCommonwealth & Comparative Politics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2015
Eventwestminster in the caribbean - UCL institute for the americas , london, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Sept 201320 Sept 2013


  • Westminster
  • Jamaica
  • Racial discrimination
  • Democratic socialism
  • Jamaicanisation
  • Nationalisation

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