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The Political Economy of Drugs in the Caribbean

  • Ivelaw L. Griffith

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Introduction: Drugs and Political Economy

    1. Ivelaw L. Griffith
      Pages 1-7
  3. Regional and International Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Ivelaw L. Griffith
      Pages 11-28
    3. Richard L. Bernal, Winsome J. Leslie, Stephen E. Lamar
      Pages 58-80
  4. Connections and Consequences

  5. Coping Strategies and Countermeasures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Sonita Morin Abrahams
      Pages 203-217
    3. Captain Richard R. Beardsworth
      Pages 230-245
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 265-273

About this book


This volume does four things. Firstly it examines the nexus between the illegal narcotics enterprise as a social phenomenon and political economy as a scholarly issue area. Secondly it explores the regional and global contexts of the political economy of illegal narcotics operations in the Caribbean. Thirdly it assesses some of the political economy connections and consequences of the enterprise in the region. Finally, it discusses some of the measures adopted to contend with the illegal drug challenge in the area.


crime democracy drugs narcotics political economy

Editors and affiliations

  • Ivelaw L. Griffith
    • 1
  1. 1.Florida International UniversityMiamiUSA

About the editors

SONITA MORIN ABRAHAMS Executive Director of Addiction Alert Organization, Jamaica GABRIEL AGUILERA PERALTA Vice Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guatemala CAPTAIN RICHARD R. BEARDSWORTH Chief of Law Enforcement, Seventh District of the Untied States Coast Guard, Miami, Florida RICHARD L. BERNAL Jamaica's Ambassador to the U.S. GARY BRANA-SHUTE Former Professor of Caribbean and Central American Studies, Foreign Service Institute and Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University CLIFFORD E. GRIFFIN Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Graduate Program in International Studies, North Carolina State University STEPHEN E. LAMAR Director of Government Relations, American Apparel Manufacturers Association WINSOME J. LESLIE Economic Attache at the Jamaican Embassy in Washington TREVOR MUNROE Professor of Government and Politics, University of the West Indies, Jamaica ORLANDO PEREZ Assistant Professor of Political Science, Central Michigan University JORGE RODRIGUEZ BERUFF Professor of Political Science, University of Puerto Rico JOHN F. STACK JR. Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for Public Policy HILBOURNE A. WATSON Professor of International Relations, Bucknell University TIM WREN formerly Executive Director of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force

Bibliographic information


'a major contribution to the public discourse, both academic and non-academic, on the illegal drug trade, its world-wide ramifications, and related international development issues...the range of topics covered and the in-depth analysis of the various issues addressed therein, make this book a must not only for academics interested in these matters but most certainly for policy makers and all those engaged in the fight against illegal drugs.' - Sir Neville Nicholls, President, Caribbean Development bank, Barbados

An excellent discussion is provided about the inherent tensions and conflict in the US-Caribbean drug connection. ...The book provides an excellent overview of the problems, the political consequences, and ongoing efforts to attack the problem. Necessarily, the problems and strategies are dynamic.' - Bruce Zagaris, Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, LLP