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Race and Politics in Guyana

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Abstract

Chapter 4 looks at the way race and politics intersect in the case of Guyana. Again, it was important to focus on the historical assimilation patterns of the two ethnic groups since this would later impact on the way political parties were formed and how these would impact on the trends in voting. The chapter also looked closely at some of the mechanisms that that allow for conflict resolution among the various ethnic communities.

Keywords

A state council An executive council Cheddi Jaggan Combined court Court of policy Despres East Indian association Forbes Burnham Franchise commission Greene House of assembly Keizers Legislative assembly Maha Sabha People’s national congress People’s progressive party Plural societies Premdas Universal adult suffrage Waddington constitution West indian federation 

References

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Documents

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of the West IndiesSt. AugustineTrinidad and Tobago

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