Chapter 15 Public leadership in the small island developing states of the Anglophone Caribbean
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The chapter focuses on Small Island States of the Anglophone Caribbean (SIDS). Exploring and defining governance as a core function of the public administrative systems, the chapter highlights the importance of collective decision-making and implementation against a background of internal and external challenges including the global challenge of responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. The public service model inherited from past colonial experiences no longer serves the public interest. Challenges specific to the practice of Caribbean public leadership include the quality of the rules of engagement with stakeholders, participation of civil society in decision-making and gaps in accountability and transparency. Structural challenges exist in integration of services across ministries and other entities and dissonance between the appointed bureaucracy and the elected administration. The chapter concludes by proposing improvements towards greater integration of public services, increased political will to radically transform the entire system of governance.

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