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‘TIS SO POLITICS HERE DOES GO’: A critical reflection on how citizens perceive if the small state politics of Sint Maarten aligns with Good Governance

Philipps, D.D. (2020) ‘TIS SO POLITICS HERE DOES GO’: A critical reflection on how citizens perceive if the small state politics of Sint Maarten aligns with Good Governance.

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Abstract:Sint Maarten has experienced a democratic backslid caused by the constant restructuring of parliament within the last decade. Previous research on developing democracies place the concept ‘Good governance' high the agenda since it is seen as one of the main prerequisites to determining that a country is fit to receive aid. Analysis of this concept led to it being asked: ‘What are Sint Maarten citizens’ main perceptions on the democratic adherence to political good governance within the small island state?’ In this context, good governance is defined as governing bodies who act in such a way to secure the integrity of the public administration, proper management of public funds and democratic monitoring of it, the fight against corruption, respect for human rights, the fight against poverty, the rule of law and the democratization of society. Based on a review of literature, the perception of the political climate is investigated using a qualitative method of open-ended survey. The objective is to find out how citizens perceive the small state politics of the island in regard to good governance. Analysis of results shows that the situation of Sint Maarten is not fully aligned with the principles of good governance. As a result, citizens have not perceived many improvements to the pre-2010 situation when taking the principles of good governance and the municipal model. More specifically, participants have reported a misalignment between the current state of politics and of the four principles of good governance.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:06 documentary information, 88 social and public administration
Programme:Communication Studies BSc (56615)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/81662
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