Haiti: The Failure of Politics


The notion that politics has failed the Haitian people is explored in this in-depth and balanced analysis. It identifies the causes of widespread poverty and political instability as the result of multiple internal factors centered in the elite-mass relationship, with the resourcefulness of the people blocked by greedy governments. Weinstein and Segal admit that the U.S. has made some mistakes in its relationship with Haiti, but they do not blame the U.S. for Haiti's worst political failure, the Duvalierist system. Essential to Haiti's recovery are closer ties to the Caribbean and to the EEC, along with a continuing relationship with the U.S.

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