On Communicative Action and Power: The National Commission on Sustainable Development of Barbados (2001)

Author(s): Pugh J

    Abstract: The discussion presented in this paper indicates that despite an ostensible focus upon environmental institutional capacity, with the development of a National Commission on Sustainable Development, there remains a continuation with entrenched and ‘narrow’ patterns of governance and decision-making. As was the case when ‘participation’ and ‘sustainable development’ were the topical buzzwords of the 1980s and early 1990s, there have recently been a plethora of international, regional, national and local programmes associated with environmental institutional capacity. It is suggested that systems are maintained in their present form through subtle strategies and tactics, particularly those exercised by ‘experts’ and certain business groups. Together, they present a significant barrier to the development of more collaborative approaches to governance.

    Notes: The first paper to explore to explore the concepts of 'collaborative planning' and 'institutional capacity building' in the Caribbean.

      • Journal: Caribbean Geography
      • Volume: 12
      • Issue: 1
      • Pages: 1-11
      • Publisher: Jamaican Geographical Society
      • Publication type: Article
      • Bibliographic status: Published

      Keywords: collaborative planning; Caribbean; institutional capacity building; National


      Dr Jonathan Pugh
      Senior Academic Fellow