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Volume Three Winter 2002-Spring 2003 Numbers 1-2.
Theme: THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WEST INDIAN COMISSION REPORT: ASSESSING THE
PROGRESS OF CARICOM NATIONS IN IMPLEMENTING THE COMMISSION'S RECOMMENDATIONS
INSTITUTION BUILDING IN SMALL STATES: REFORM OF THE PUBLIC SERVICES IN TRINIDAD AND
TOBAGO, JAMAICA AND BARBADOS
Ann Marie Bissessar
Department of Behavioral Sciences
The University of the West Indies
St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad
Published online: February 10, 2017
The report Time For Action, published in 1992, recommended a number of new requirements for individual states within the CARICOM region. One of the more important recommendations was that countries of the region should embark on a comprehensive reform of their public service institutions and processes. This article will examine the attempts by three countries, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and Barbados, to restructure and reform their public services. It argues that although these countries introduced a new model of management referred to as New Public Management, there were differences in the application of this new model. The article explores some of the reasons for the varying rates of success.