International Development, Community, and Environment

Title

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Caribbean: Unrealizable Promises?

Document Type

Article

Abstract

This article analyses the relevance of the SDGs to the needs of the Small Islands Developing States of the Caribbean Community. The article situates the SDGs within a critical interrogation of the social change logic of the universalizing global economic system. Thus, I argue that the SDGs, while recognizing some key economic and environmental concerns of the Caribbean Community, are hamstrung by their commitment to the unequal power structure of the neoliberal capitalist development model. Finally, this article calls upon regional and global social movements, and increased economic regionalism as ways of empowering Caribbean social change.

Publication Title

Progress in Development Studies

Publication Date

12-11-2017

Volume

18

Issue

1

First Page

18

Last Page

35

ISSN

1464-9934

DOI

10.1177/1464993417734440

Keywords

Caribbean, development, economic regionalism, MDGs, social change, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Disciplines

Development Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology

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