The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 38, Issue 1

Article 6
Eric Williams and Public Service Reform

Roland G. Baptiste


Eric Williams and his government established the legal framework for the Public Service of Trinidad and Tobago in the 1960s. He found that in spite of the effort put into reform and reorganization, particularly during his second term, the public service was unable to deliver the desired results. This essay argues that the problem rested on a paradigm of public administration that was flawed. The main feature of this paradigm was the bureaucratic, organizational structure as articulated by Max Weber. The essay concludes that it is ill-advised for public administrators to have blind, unquestioning faith in any paradigm.