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Independent Candidates and the Political Process

By Dr Livingston Smith As the Cayman Islands turns its attention to election mode due early next year, one should expect a number of independent candidates to be on the ballot. In fact, at least one such person has already declared and others might be thinking and talking about doing …

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Transparency Intl’s Standards on Political Party Funding- Especially Campaign Finance

By Dr Livingston Smith Earlier this year I was invited by Transparency International to attend a meeting of persons who are concerned with corruption in the Americas and involved in activities against it. In attendance were the directors of Anti-corruption Institutes, including Professor Trevor Munroe of Jamaica, who directs one …

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UCCI and the Liberal Arts Advantage

Professor L. Smith PhD, Chair, Department of the Social Sciences For the typical UCCI student, a specialty such as Accounting, Computing, Economics, Marketing, Engineering, Natural Science, etcetera, is pretty straightforward, but why do, in addition, courses in Writing, Literature, Critical Thinking, History, Philosophy and Psychology? Or why should students of …

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Caymanian unemployment key to Progressives re-election bid

Political analyst Dr Livingston Smith says Premier Hon Alden McLaughlin was right to describe Caymanian unemployment as his government’s “Achilles heel” since he believes the Progressives chances at re-election hinges on how it addresses the issue. “It (re-election) will depend on the extent to which the PPM manages to deal …

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The democratic parliament: An anticorruption instrument

In this column, I advance the view that a democratic parliament characterized by transparency, representativeness, accountability, effectiveness and accessibility, is best able to take on and defeat corruption. Drawing from the work of Professor Manuel Balan and also David Beethan’s Parliamentsand Democracy in the 21st Century, I propose, certainly not …

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The role of responsible media in the fight against corruption

The role of the independent media in a democratic society has been the subject of much debate and scholarly attention. Sheila Coronel, Academic Dean at Columbia Journalism School, for example, writes that ‘Since the 17th century, the role of the press as Fourth Estate and as a forum for public …

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Debating good governance

The term ‘good governance’ has been popularized over the last two decades by such global institutions as the Word Bank and International Monetary Authority. As structural adjustment programmes foisted on developing countries failed, attention was turned to issues of governance. It is a term that has been directed at post-colonial …

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Electoral Boundaries and One Person One Vote

This column would like to wish the 2015 Electoral Boundary Commission comprised of Andrianne Webb, Lisa Handley and Steve McField success as they take on the challenging task of proposing electoral boundary changes to enforce the adoption of single member constituencies in time for the 2017 elections. Their task of …

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Freedom of information and democracy in the Cayman Islands

John Moss, the US Congressman who secured the passage of  America’s Freedom of Information Act, which was signed by President Johnson in 1966, argues that that the right bestowed by the Freedom of Information Act, was every bit as essential to realizing the full potential of American democracy as the …

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Qualities of the outstanding leader

Management guru, Drucker, says that ‘Leadership is the lifting of a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a person’s personality beyond its normal limitations. Bill Gates believes that as “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders …

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