Haiti's tumultuous transition towards democracy, February 1986-February 1988

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

First Committee Member

Enrique E. Baloyra - Committee Chair


Above all, this dissertation aims to provide a fresh and coherent understanding of Haitian politics in the post-Duvalierist era. Its central assumption is the survival of the obstructionist Duvalierist oligarchy after February 7, 1986. This is palpable through miscellaneous skirmishes with the non-Duvalierist bloc as especially shown in chapters 4, 7 and 8.This work also brings new insights into the literature of political transitions by focusing on the Haitian pattern. The latter, a temporarily aborted one, has four basic characteristics: (1) It has been a post-sultanistic transition; (2) It has been strongly controlled from above; (3) Its first endgame has dramatically failed on November 29, 1987; (4) On January 17, 1988, its second endgame was also unsuccessful.Among others, recommendations for a more efficient U.S. policy towards the country are provided in the conclusion.


History, Latin American; Political Science, General; Political Science, International Law and Relations

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