Globalisation, it is claimed, has altered the capacities of states to regulate. Small developing countries, in particular, are said to have lost boundary control over their national economies. This paper adds to the empirical work against which such broad claims can be assessed, using the example of Jamaican telecommunications. The second section introduces the concept of regulatory autonomy and discusses systematically four global factors that impact on the autonomy of a regulatory regime. The third section describes the reforms that have occurred to Jamaican telecommunications regulation. We then draw inferences about what the case can show about regulatory autonomy in the age of globalisation, locating Jamaican experience within the wider regional (Caribbean) context.
Manchester, UK, CRC Working Paper, No. 15, 26 pp.