Edward Seaga

Edward Seaga (sē´ägä), 1930–, prime minister of Jamaica (1980–89). Born in Boston, Mass., to Jamaican parents of Lebanese and Scottish descent, he was a record producer before entering politics. Elected to parliamnent in 1962, he was minister of welfare and development (1962–67) and finance minister (1967–72). He became leader of the conservative Jamaican Labor party (JLP) in 1974, and in 1980 the JLP won the elections and he became prime minister. Seaga severed relations with Cuba, promoted close ties with the United States, and emphasized free-market policies. In 1989 the JLP lost to the People's National party in a landslide and Michael Manley became prime minister. Seaga retired from parliament and as JLP leader in 2005.

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Edward Seaga: Selected full-text books and articles

The Caribbean and World Politics: Cross Currents and Cleavages By Jorge Heine; Leslie Manigat Holmes & Meier, 1988
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Jamaican Foreign Policy in Transition: From Manley to Seaga"
Democracy in the Caribbean: Myths and Realities By Carlene J. Edie Praeger, 1994
Librarian’s tip: "The Seaga Period: 1980-1989" begins on p. 35
Distant Neighbors in the Caribbean: The Dominican Republic and Jamaica in Comparative Perspective By Richard S. Hillman; Thomas J. D'Agostino; Howard J. Wiarda Praeger Publishers, 1992
Class, State, and Democracy in Jamaica By Carl Stone Praeger Publishers, 1986
Demeaned but Empowered: The Social Power of the Urban Poor in Jamaica By Obika Gray University Press of the West Indies, 2004
Librarian’s tip: "Race and Politics in the Slums: A Victory for Edward Seaga" begins on p. 41
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