Between Self-Determination and Dependency: Jamaica's Foreign Relations, 1972-1989

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6
INTERNAL DyNAMiCS:
1981-1989

THE POLiTiCAL CLiMATE ANd REORGANiZATiON Of THE PUbLiC DiSCOURSE

After the PNP's IMFdébâcle the JLP won the October 1980 election with an overwhelming majority. The party's populist campaign slogans, which promised to make "money jingle in your pockets" and generally emphasized "deliverance", were as successful as the PNP's "Better must come" campaign in 1972. As usual during this highly partisan period of Jamaica's history, the election was followed by a purgative atmosphere in which the new ruling party persecuted members and supporters of the opposite party, in order to further widen its leverage against the opposition. In this purgative phase of the early 1980s, criticism and even public debate about Jamaica's foreign relations was extremely limited. There was no way that one could have compared this political atmosphere with the intensity of public and internal party debates of the 1970s.

Similarly, the relations between the new government and Daily Gleaner were clearly much better throughout the 1980s. Thus, there were no negative commentaries or any sustained public campaigns to be found, whenever government members verbally attacked this newspaper, which happened several times ( DG 29/ 10/ 1988, 1; DG 23/ 4/ 1988, 3). Nor were any protests heard when one of its reporters was abused at a JLP function, which in the 1970s would have been branded as a sacrilege against the freedom of the press ( DG 24/ 11/ 1988, 1).

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Tables and Figures viii
  • Foreword ix
  • Acknowledgments xvi
  • Abbreviations xviii
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • 2 - Internal Dynamics: 1972-1980 14
  • 3 - External Dynamics: 1972-1980 24
  • 4 - Caribbean Tête-à-Tête: Jamaica and Cuba 30
  • Conclusion 50
  • 5 - Jamaica, the Us and International Capital in the 1970s 52
  • Conclusion 66
  • 6 - Internal Dynamics: 1981-1989 69
  • Conclusion 89
  • 7 - External Dynamics: 1981-1989 91
  • Conclusion 99
  • 8 - Jamaica and the Caribbean in the 1980s 101
  • Conclusion 127
  • 9 - Jamaica's Relations with International Capital and the Us in the 1980s 130
  • Conclusion 151
  • 10 - Conclusion 154
  • Appendix 171
  • Notes 174
  • Bibliography 189
  • Index 207
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