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Labor movements and party system development: Why does the Caribbean have stable two-party systems, but the Pacific does not?

How can we explain that Caribbean small states have the most stable two-party systems in the world, while Pacific small states have either very weak parties or no parties at all? Matthew Louis Bishop (University of Sheffield, UK), Jack Corbett (University of Southampton, UK) and Wouter Veenendaal (Leiden University) study twenty-three countries, focusing on their distinctive post-colonial political-economic settlements. They find that the role of labor movements and their manifestation as political parties provides the strongest explanation.

Matthew Louis Bishop, Jack Corbett & Wouter Veenendaal
13 February 2020
› World Development
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