Ethno-nationalism and Ethnic Dynamics in Trinidad and Tobago: Toward Designing an Inclusivist Form of Governance

  • Ralph PremdasEmail author
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In the literature dealing with mechanisms of reconciliation and ethnic conflict management, an array of conflict resolution institutions and practices have evolved. The 2010 elections in Trinidad offer one case that demonstrates how this was done. What the 2010 elections underscored is that in an ethnically deeply divided state, victory at the polls required some transcendence of the communal divide through the forging of a broad multicultural coalition as well as interclass collaboration. In the end we must evaluate the argument that Trinidad had moved from a race and ethnicity voting pattern into issue-oriented politics.


Deep ethnic division Ethnic partisan politics First-past-the-post electoral system Proportional representation Conflict resolution First woman premier Multicultural coalition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of the West IndiesSt. AugustineTrinidad and Tobago

Section editors and affiliations

  • Paul Carnegie
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  1. 1.Institute of Asian StudiesUniversiti Brunei DarussalamGadongNegara Brunei Darussalam

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