The Caribbean comprises thirteen island and archipelagic states. Former imperial possessions of
France, Spain and the United Kingdom, these states must navigate a political economy dominated by
the United States (and its embargo of Cuba), but also influenced by Venezuela and China. The
imperative to work together and develop multiple of selective cooperation is confronted by the
temptation to advance a pseudo-ethnic island nationalism, which lies at the power base of
politicians in the region. The chapter reflects upon the epistemological salience of small size that
governs the Caribbean mind-set in its dealings with the region and the world. It also offers
insights into how democracy is practised ‘on the ground’ in small, democratic jurisdictions.
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