Democratic Advance and Conflict Resolution in Post-Colonial Guyana
This sequel to Seecoomar’s well-received Contributions towards the Resolution of Conflict in Guyana offers practical suggestions for finding a way out of the current political impasse.
Judaman Seecoomar
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Publication date
16 Mar 2009

At the heart of his argument is the desirability of bringing to village and township communities real control over their affairs. This is seen as a counter to the competition for state power that has brought Guyana to a state of continuous, simmering ethnic civil war. But Seecoomar recognises that Guyana’s problems cannot all be solved at the local level. His proposal for ‘alternating’ government at the national level is both novel and provocative, addressing the need both for access to power for competing ethnic groups and for responsible opposition. He argues, too, for consultative styles of leadership in contrast to the tendency to authoritarianism that has been a malign element in Guyanese politics.

With an appendix of valuable documents setting out a variety of Guyanese approaches to the issue of power-sharing, Seecoomar’s book is an important resource both for concerned Guyanese and for students of approaches to conflict resolution in ethnically divided postcolonial societies.

Praise for Contributions towards the Resolution of Conflict in Guyana

Seecoomar’s volume is clearly written, well organized and factually balanced. -- Highly recommended’
Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, May 2003.

‘Seecoomar's real achievement is twofold: to make his formidable research available to general readers, and to do so in an accessible format and style -- we should agree on two things: that Guyana's ethnic problem must eventually be solved mainly by Guyanese, and the solution dare not ignore the information provided in Contributions.
Frank Birbalsingh, Guyana Review

Judaman Seecoomar was born July 15 1932; he died March 26 2006. He had recently completed a PhD on inter-racial conflict in Guyana.


Judaman Seecoomar

Judaman Seecoomar was born on the Lusignan Plantation, Demerera County Guyana in 1932. Despite his stepfathers’ refusal to allow him to continue with his education beyond the age of 12, he studied independently and eventually qualified as a teacher He believed passionately in raising the aspirations of his students and challenging the culture of the plantations which encouraged many young people to leave school early to work on the sugar estate.
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