Parliamentary Oversight and Corruption in the Caribbean: Comparing Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada

Stapenhurst, F., Staddon, A., Draman, R. and Imbeau, L. 2018. Parliamentary Oversight and Corruption in the Caribbean: Comparing Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada. Commonwealth and Comparative Politics. doi:10.1080/14662043.2018.1444933

TitleParliamentary Oversight and Corruption in the Caribbean: Comparing Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada
AuthorsStapenhurst, F., Staddon, A., Draman, R. and Imbeau, L.
Abstract

Parliamentary oversight is a key determinant of corruption levels. This article presents research findings on parliamentary oversight in two Caribbean countries: Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada. Our results cast doubt on the results of previous research and also indicate that certain facets of ‘the Westminster’ system need to be relaxed, to reflect contextual reality in smaller island economies. Political will to adopt our recommended reforms is critical, but, as in other countries, inertia often dominates the political environment. Until citizens demand that their elected representatives establish various oversight and anti-corruption mechanisms and ensure these mechanisms are free of political influence, the institutions will be ‘window dressing’ and corrupt actions will go undeterred and unpunished.

KeywordsCorruption, parliaments, oversight, political will, Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, the Caribbean
JournalCommonwealth and Comparative Politics
ISSN1743-9094
Year2018
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/14662043.2018.1444933
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/BbSPBNTBhDAtQyiA9CGJ/full
Publication dates
Published online10 Apr 2018
Published10 Apr 2018

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