Modern-Day Governance: Bahamian Democracy, True Local Government

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In a recent paper written by Bahamian scholar, Dr. Nicolette Bethel, she discussed federalizing the Bahamian government model to promote decentralization and national progress. Dr. Bethel indicated that local government as presently constituted is a “farce” because the quality of government experienced in the family islands is not on par with democratic representation in Nassau. The Bahamas consist of 700 disjointed reefs, cays and islands, those that are populated are governed by a centralized body from the capital city, Nassau. In these contemporary times democracy management is constant; therefore, its managers should also be constant. However, because of the excess amount of tasks in their portfolios, Members of Parliament rarely …show more content…
In The Bahamas, an archipelagic nation with a number of islands, communities and sub-cultures a centralized government that is disjointed from many of these communities is democratically and fiscally incapable of governing this nation. Nicolette Bethel asserts in her paper on Federalization that in government, regime after regime approaches the discussion of local government exactly the same; they are not serious about it. “Governments talk about it, but none has honestly achieved it. When ‘development’ is imposed rather than organic, it tends to exclude the people who will be most affected by it.” (Bethel)
Recently, residents in Bimini started speaking out against the Bimini Bay Resorts World project citing overdevelopment and environmental mismanagement. In an October 2013 issue of the Tribune reported that a large portion of the islands populace opposed the expansion of the Bimini Bay Resort; claiming that residents were not comfortable with the increase in visitors to the island. The report by Neil Hartnell claimed that two thirds (2/3) of residents thought that an annual visitor increase of 360,000 was simple too much.
Bethel explains that the practice of not crafting development strategies in the best interest of residents is what dooms most attempts at family island development. The scheme of acting on behalf of a community without understanding the needs and wants of that

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