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By Holger W. Henke

''Between Self-Determination and Dependency'' analyses the character and trajectory of Jamaica's international kin throughout the interval 1972 89. in this time the rustic attempted to come back to phrases with the boundaries imposed and probabilities provided by way of the moving inner and exterior strength constellations. The vital argument is that the relative autonomy of the Jamaican country in regards to the behavior of international relatives grew smaller a result of evolution of a brand new foreign regime which in impact disallowed the political, social and monetary experimentation which estimated initially of the interval lower than exam. Neither the try out at radical nationalism through the People's nationwide occasion (PNP), nor the 'accommodationist' stance of the Jamaica Labour get together (JLP) served to minimize Jamaica's structural dependency.

The research elements within the political and fiscal pursuits and guidelines of either family and international social forces as they negotiated the overseas rules of the Jamaican kingdom. therefore, the textual content employs a extra holistic viewpoint trying to delineate the political economic system underpinning the overseas coverage of Jamaica in this time. It departs from past stories which tended to target the diplomatic historical past of the country's international family with out illuminating many of the co-determinants that outlined the context of kingdom motion.

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However, by this time the PNP government was so trapped in its own populist rhetoric and policies that with the upcoming elections in 1976, a socio-political "U-turn" was not considered to be feasible. After 1974 the growing public deficit was increasingly covered by borrowing from foreign private banks which in turn served to deepen the country's dependence on foreign capital. Both external borrowing and external debt grew markedly under the Manley government. 1. The opposition of the bourgeoisie accompanied some of the government's programmes from the start.

As a consequence of the combination of leftist overtures and the rejection of the IMF, the influx of capital into Jamaica started to peter out after the re-election of the PNP in 1976. 2 gives an impression of this drain. ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE ANd SOC'IETA!. CouNTER-STRATEqies One of the elements of Jamaica's economic dependence stems from its open economy. To what extent the Manley government was aware of the role of foreign investment and the pressure of the local bourgeoisie is not easy to determine.

4 1) Without re-exports Sources : External Trade (Dept. of Statistics), various years; various monthly Summary Tables of Tables of External Trade (Dept. of Statistics) prime minister was the third Commonwealth Caribbean Head of Government to visit Cuba, following visits of Prime Ministers Burnham and Williams. On this occasion the Cubans conferred their highest national order on Manley, who took the opportunity to speak of the "natural alliance between Jamaica and Cuba in international affairs", an interesting utterance which will be addressed later (Manley 1975).

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