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Haiti renewed : political and economic prospects
Rotberg, Robert I.
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Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press ; Cambridge, Mass. : World Peace Foundation, [1997]

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xiii, 245 pages ; 24 cm
Preface : Haiti's last best chance / Robert I. Rothberg -- Introduction : dismantling the predatory state : the conference report / Jennifer L. McCoy -- Resisting freedom : cultural factors in democracy : the case for Haiti / Patrick Bellegarde-Smith -- A social contract for whom? Haitian history and Haiti's future / Michel-Rolph Trouillot -- The Haitian dilemma reexamined : lessons from the past in the light of some new economic theory / Mats Lundahl -- Political culture, political change, and the etiology of violence / Donald E. Schulz -- A popular democratic revolution in a predemocratic society : the case of Haiti / Robert Pastor -- The rise, fall, and resurrection of President Aristide / Robert Fatton Jr. -- From outsiders to insiders : grassroots leadership and political change / Robert E. Maguire -- The role of the Diaspora in Haitian politics / Michel S. Laguerre -- Alternative models for Haiti's economic reconstruction / Clive Gray -- Priorities in the economic reconstruction of rural Haiti / Anthony V. Catanese -- No longer a pipe dream? Justice in Haiti / William G. O'Neill -- Haitian education under siege : democratization, national development, and social reconstruction / Marc E. Prou.
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The ecstatic election of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 1990, his American-supported restoration to office in 1994, and the peaceful election in 1995 of President René Préval were harbingers of a radically new and promising era in Haitian political and economic life. For the first time in Haiti's 190-year old independent tradition, men of and chosen by the majority of Haiti's people had gained power, and attained their positions legally and peacefully.

With a five-year presidency, Préval now has the opportunity to reconstruct and remold the Haitian state, to raise Haitian living standards, and to create a new political culture of democracy and tolerance. The future of his country, and the success of Haiti's last best chance to break its chains of poverty, desperation, and deprivation, depend on the choices that he and his colleagues make in the months ahead.

The context of those choices is stark. Haiti remains the poorest and least industrialized nation in the Western Hemisphere. The Préval government thus has much to do. This book provides an agenda for Préval and his successors, one that examines both Haiti's political culture--its historical legacy and what that means for future reconstruction--and many of its most critical political, economic, and social challenges.

In addition to Rotberg, the contributors include: Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Anthony V. Cantanese, DePauw University; Robert Fatton, Jr., University of Virginia; Clive Gray, Harvard Institute for International Development; Michel S. Laguerre, University of California, Berkeley; Mats Lundahl, Stockholm School of Economics; Robert Maguire, Inter-American Foundation, Jennifer McCoy, Georgia State University; William G. O'Neill, former Director of the Legal Department of the OAS/UN International Civilian Mission in Haiti; Robert A. Pastor, Carter Center; Marc Prou, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Donald E. Schultz, U.S. Army War College; and Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Johns Hopkins University.

A Brookings Institution and World Peace Foundation copublication

Author Notes

Robert Irwin Rotberg (born April 11, 1935) is an American who served as President emeritus of the World Peace Foundation (1993-2010). An American professor in governance and foreign affairs, he was director of the Program on Intrastate Conflict, Conflict Prevention, and Conflict Resolution at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government (1999-2010), and has served in administrative positions at Tufts University and Lafayette College.

In 2003-2004, he served as a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Panel on Africa, and was a Presidential appointee to the Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2013 Rotberg became the Fulbright Research Chair in Political Development at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Canada.

Rotberg attened Oberlin College for his undergraduate degree. He completed his graduate studies at Princeton University, and obtained his doctorate at St Antony's College, Oxford University while on a Rhodes Scholarship.

He is the author of many books on US foreign policy. These include: Transformative Political Leadership: Making a Difference in the Developing World (2012); Governance and Leadership in Africa (2007); When States Fail: Causes and Consequences (2004); Truth v. Justice: The Morality of Truth Commissions (2000); and From Massacres to Genocide: The Media, Public Policy and Humanitarian Crises (1996).

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Preface: Haiti's Last Best Chancep. vii
Introduction Dismantling the Predatory State--The Conference Reportp. 1
Notesp. 25
Chapter 1 Resisting Freedom: Cultural Factors in Democracy--The Case for Haitip. 27
Notesp. 43
Chapter 2 a Social Contract for Whom? Haitian History and Haiti's Futurep. 47
Conclusionp. 57
Chapter 3 the Haitian Dilemma Reexamined: Lessons from the Past in the Light of Some New Economic Theoryp. 60
Notesp. 87
Chapter 4 Political Culture, Political Change, and the Etiology of Violencep. 93
Notesp. 112
Chapter 5 a Popular Democratic Revolution in a Predemocratic Society: the Case of Haitip. 118
Notesp. 134
Chapter 6 the Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of President Aristidep. 136
Notesp. 149
Chapter 7 from Outsiders to Insiders: Grassroots Leadership and Political Changep. 154
Notesp. 167
Chapter 8 the Role of the Diaspora in Haitian Politicsp. 170
Notesp. 181
Chapter 9 Alternative Models for Haiti's Economic Reconstructionp. 183
Notesp. 188
Chapter 10 Priorities in the Economic Reconstruction of Rural Haitip. 189
Notesp. 198
Chapter 11 No Longer a Pipe Dream? Justice in Haitip. 199
Notesp. 214
Chapter 12 Haitian Education Under Siege: Democratization, National Development, and Social Reconstructionp. 215
Conclusionp. 225
Notesp. 227
About the Authorsp. 229
The World Peace Foundationp. 233
Indexp. 235