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The Role of the AFL-CIO in Regime Change: The Case of Guyana


  • Laxmikant Manroop and Parbudyal Singh are at School of Human Resource Management, York University, Toronto, Canada.


The American Federation of Labor–Congress of Industrial Organizations has been implicated in political interference and/or regime change in many countries, including the Dominican Republic, Chile, South Africa and Nicaragua. While its espoused objective has been to promote democracy and workers' rights, the results in some cases have been the opposite. This study focuses on one such case, Guyana, a small country in South America, which was perceived as a threat to US and British national interests in the 1950s and 1960s. Using archival data and interviews, we trace the nature and consequences of this intervention and discuss lessons for the future.