Political Parties in the Pacific Islands

Political Parties in the Pacific Islands

Edited by: Roland Rich, Luke Hambly, Michael G. Morgan

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While political parties remain an indispensable institutional framework for representation and governance in a democracy, the democracies of many Pacific Islands nations are undermined by the weakness and inefficacy of their local political parties.

Addressing the implications of the lack of established party systems across the Pacific, this collection seeks to illuminate the underlying assumptions and suppositions behind the importance of coherent and effective parties to overall democratic functioning.

Focusing on the political systems of East Timor, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji and Samoa, the coherent structure of the volume makes it consistently useful as both an articulate analytical text and a reference tool concerning the political composition, history and direction of Pacific states.

Featuring contributions from scholars who are familiar names to even the most casual of Pacificists, Political Parties in the Pacific is the benchmark reference work on the political parties of the Pacific: an invaluable resource for students, scholars and researchers of the Pacific and international politics.


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Apr 2008
ANU Press
Social Sciences: Politics & International Studies
Pacific: Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Vanuatu

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  1. Introduction: Analysing and Categorising Political Parties in the Pacific Islands (PDF, 249KB)Roland Rich doi
  2. Primordial Politics? Political Parties and Tradition in Melanesia (PDF, 106KB)Steven Ratuva doi
  3. Political Consequences of Pacific Island Electoral Laws (PDF, 161KB)Jon Fraenkel doi
  4. Anatomy of Political Parties in Timor-Leste (PDF, 99KB)Joao M. Saldanha doi
  5. Political Parties in Papua New Guinea (PDF, 129KB)R. J. May doi
  6. Parties, Constitutional Engineering and Governance in the Solomon Islands (PDF, 94KB)Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka doi
  7. The Origins and Effects of Party Fragmentation in Vanuatu (PDF, 216KB)Michael G. Morgan doi
  8. Parties and the New Political Logic in New Caledonia (PDF, 123KB)Alaine Chanter doi
  9. Fiji: Party Politics in the Post-Independence Period (PDF, 180KB)Alumita Durutalo doi
  10. The Establishment and Operation of Sämoa’s Political Party System (PDF, 124KB)Asofou So’o doi

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