Neither World Polity nor Local or National Societies

Regionalization in the Global South – the Caribbean Community

by Tavis D. Jules, Ed.D. (Author)
©2013 Thesis XX, 322 Pages


This book examines the policy outcomes of purportedly unavoidable tendencies towards educational isomorphism and harmonization by analyzing, at a regional level, the educational policies devised and carried out by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) over the past two decades. It chronicles the policy process (functional cooperation) and policy tools (lessons-drawing, externalization and policy transfer) of regionalization and highlights, from a cooperation and collaboration perspective, the importance of time, space, and geographic proximity and their roles in furthering convergence. The book’s analyses conclude by showing that, based on the semantics of harmonization, educational isomorphism occurs in cyclical waves and that the fifteen member states of CARICOM only cooperate when it is in their best interest, irrespective of the policy outcome. Therefore, the isomorphic tendencies that exist at the regional level are not – or not primarily – the result of a world polity as hypothesized by neo-institutionalist theory, but rather that of collective choices to confront both challenges and opportunities of globalization and global competition.


XX, 322
ISBN (Hardcover)
Trans-regional regime Externalization Policy transfer West Indies Federation Policy Trilingualism Educational isomorphism
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. XX, 322 pp., 6 tables, 6 graphs

Biographical notes

Tavis D. Jules, Ed.D. (Author)

Tavis Deryck Jules is an Assistant Professor in the field of Cultural and Educational Policy Studies at Loyola University Chicago. His research focuses on educational policy formation and development – particularly, but not exclusively, within the Caribbean. More recently, his research has focused on analyzing the impact of regionalization upon small (and micro) states.


Title: Neither World Polity nor Local or National Societies