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Trinidad and Tobago

Ethnic Conflict, Inequality, and Public Sector Governance


About this book


How does a multi-ethnic society resolve the contentious issue of resource allocation without damaging the state? This study examines inequality in terms of distributive justice, adaptation of political institutions, the role of symbols of recognition in representation and conflict management in power sharing, resource allocation and public policy.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of the West IndiesTrinidad and Tobago

About the authors

RALPH PREMDAS is Professor of Public Policy at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad. He is author of numerous articles and books, including Ethnic Conflict and Development: The Case of Guyana (1995); Ethnic Conflict and Development: The Case of Fiji; Identity, Ethnicity and Culture in the Caribbean; and Secessionist Movements in Comparative Perspective.

Bibliographic information


'an important resource for anyone trying to understand the complexities of multi-ethnic societies and the manner in which they manage conflict and engage with questions of distribution - perhaps the most important question facing post-colonial societies.' - Pal Ahluwalia, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego, USA and Research Chair and Professor of Post-Colonial Studies, University of South Australia.