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Professor Edwin Jones to launch book on Ja's development

Published:Tuesday | November 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Jamaican academic Professor Edwin Jones will launch his book Contending with Administrivia ... Competition for Space, Benefits and Power on Thursday at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona.

A rich socio-historical work, the book tracks more than five decades of Jamaica's national development and gives new perspectives on the state's evolution.

The book will be launched at the UWI's Undercroft at 6 p.m., under the auspices of the Mona School of Business & Management, where Jones is a professor emeritus and an associate teaching fellow. The main speaker will be P.J. Patterson, former prime minister of Jamaica.

Published locally by Arawak Publications, Contending with Administrivia is an assessment of factors influencing institution building and sociopolitical adjustment to internal pressures and external policy demands in Jamaica, especially in the country's postcolonial phase. The policy-centred tome explores the problem of state weakness.




Jones maintains that the central argument of the book is that "there is need for a new quality of leadership across the public and private domains".

The book views "the ongoing competition for space, benefits and power between organised private interests and centres of public power as a potent source of crisis and an obstacle to effective public management", Jones said.

Known for his works in public management and development, this new publication emerged from a series of lectures delivered to students in the Department of Government at the UWI.

"Many of the ideas in Contending with Administrivia came from my students. I am in their debt," he said.

Following the launch, Contending with Administrivia ... Competition for Space, Benefits and Power will be available at local book stores, and online at