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The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis

Politics or politricks?

This chapter presents the results of field research on the effects of smallness on politics and democracy in St. Kitts and Nevis. The chapter first pays attention to the political history, democratization, and political institutions of the federation, after which an analysis of the microstate’s political system is provided. The results indicate that political competition is highly personalized, polarized, and antagonistic in nature, and that victimization of political opponents occurs regularly. Due to the smallness citizens and politicians are in constant contact with each other, but these contacts are primarily used to address particularistic instead of substantive political issues.