International Development Planning Review

Playing the donor's anxious game: Physical development planning legislative systems in the Eastern Caribbean

International Development Planning Review (2005), 27, (4), 385–402.

Abstract

This paper explores the politics of formal physical development planning systems in the Eastern Caribbean. It argues that while Western funding agencies now articulate a more 'democratic' discourse of development in the form of participatory planning, this new approach is more reflective of the politicised anxieties of 'the West' than of the desire of Caribbean elites to connect with 'the people' through shared visions for change. Notwithstanding the prevalence of the participatory agendas espoused by Eastern Caribbean governments, boosted by the increased funding that accompanies their espousal, we suggest that the legislative structures of physical development planning remain static in practice. To conclude, this paper stresses the importance of local elites in re-appropriating the planning languages of donor agencies to support their own agendas.

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Richardson, Pamela