Elections and Governance: Jamaica on the Global Frontier: The Colonial Years, 1663 to 1962

Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers, 2023. First Edition. Paperback. 675p., tables, bibl., indices, wrps. new. Item #83841
ISBN: 9789768286765

Elections and Governance - Jamaica on the Global Frontier is presented in two books: The Colonial Years, 1663 to 1962 and The Independence Years, 1962 to 2016. Together, they sketch elections and governance in Jamaica as a colony within the British Empire and as a nation-state from 1962 to 2016. Being on the global frontier locates Jamaica in the practice of elections and governance within the Western world but from the perspective of peoples subordinated in that world yet resolutely defiant of domination because of their firm embrace of freedom.The Colonial Years chronicles the emergence of the English as a people, describes each element that formed the structure of governance and the practice of elections, beginning with Magna Carta in 1215, up to the Civil War and Interregnum in the 1640s and 1650s. English families that restored King Charles II as monarch formed an oligarchy in England that transplanted itself in colonies in North America and the West Indies. Two unsettled questions were the rights of Englishmen in England and the colonies and parity between the House of Commons and elected Assemblies in colonies.

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