Globalisation and Governance in the Pacific Islands

Globalisation and Governance in the Pacific Islands

State, Society and Governance in Melanesia

Edited by: Stewart Firth orcid
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The Pacific Islands are feeling the effects of globalisation. Free trade in sugar and garments is threatening two of Fiji’s key industries. At the same time other opportunities are emerging. Labour migration is growing in importance, and Pacific governments are calling for more access to Australia’s labour market. Fiji has joined Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Kiribati as a remittance economy, with thousands of its citizens working overseas. Meantime, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands grapple with an older kind of globalisation in which overseas companies exploit mineral and forest resources.

The Pacific Islands confront unique problems of governance in this era of globalisation. The modern, democratic state often fits awkwardly with traditional ways of doing politics in that part of the world. Just as often, politicians in the Pacific exploit tradition or invent it to serve modern political purposes.

The contributors to this volume examine Pacific globalisation and governance from a wide range of perspectives. They come from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Hawai’i, the Federated States of Micronesia, Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand and Jamaica as well as Australia.


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Publication date:
Dec 2006
Studies in State and Society in the Pacific, No. 1
ANU Press
State, Society and Governance in Melanesia
Arts & Humanities: Cultural Studies; Business & Economics; Social Sciences: Development Studies, Politics & International Studies, Social Policy & Administration
Pacific, Australia

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  1. Keynote Address — From Neo-Liberalism to the New Medievalism (PDF, 173KB) John Rapley
  2. Treading Water in Rapids? Non-Governmental Organisations and Resistance to Neo-Liberalism in Pacific Island States (PDF, 197KB) Claire Slatter
  3. Regionalism and Cultural Identity: Putting the Pacific back into the plan (PDF, 160KB) Elise Huffer


Labour Migration

  1. Migration, Dependency and Inequality in the Pacific: Old Wine in Bigger Bottles? (Part 1) (PDF, 202KB) John Connell
  2. Migration, Dependency and Inequality in the Pacific: Old Wine in Bigger Bottles? (Part 2) (PDF, 216KB) John Connell
  3. Globalisation, New Labour Migration and Development in Fiji (PDF, 162KB) Manoranjan Mohanty
  4. ‘Tonga Only Wants Our Money’: The children of Tongan migrants (PDF, 169KB) Helen Lee
  5. Labour Mobility in the Pacific: Creating seasonal work programs in Australia (PDF, 271KB) Nic Maclellan and Peter Mares
  6. Contemporary Migration Within the Pacific Islands: The case of Fijian skilled workers in Kiribati and Marshall Islands (PDF, 174KB) Avelina Rokoduru


Sugar and Garments

  1. Fiji: Sugar and sweatshirts, migrants and remittances (PDF, 298KB) Kate Hannan
  2. End of the Line? Globalisation and Fiji’s Garment Industry (PDF, 196KB) Donovan Storey


Corporate and State Governance in Mining and Forestry

  1. Global Capital and Local Ownership in Solomon Islands’ Forestry Industry Tarcisius (PDF, 377KB) Tara Kabutaulaka
  2. Mining, Social Change and Corporate Social Responsibility: Drawing lines in the Papua New Guinea mud (PDF, 174KB) Glenn Banks
  3. The ‘Resource Curse’ and Governance: A Papua New Guinean perspective (PDF, 151KB) Mel Togolo


Tradition, Culture and Politics

  1. Keynote Address — Governance in Fiji: The interplay between indigenous tradition, culture and politics (PDF, 137KB)Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi
  2. The State of the State in Fiji: Some failings in the periphery (PDF, 190KB) Vijay Naidu
  3. Power Sharing in Fiji and New Caledonia (PDF, 255KB) Jon Fraenkel
  4. More Than 20 Years of Political Stability in Samoa under the Human Rights Protection Party (PDF, 186KB) Asofou So’o
  5. Matai Titles and Modern Corruption in Samoa: Costs, expectations and consequences for families and society (PDF, 152KB) A. Morgan Tuimaleali’ifano


Media, Civil Society and Democracy

  1. Keynote Address — Keeping the Information Flow Open: A key condition for good government in Micronesia (PDF, 147KB) Father Francis X. Hezel
  2. Governance, Globalisation and the PNG Media: A survival dilemma (PDF, 165KB) Joe R. Kanekane
  3. Democracy in Papua New Guinea: Challenges from a rights-based approach (PDF, 139KB) Orovu Sepoe
  4. Governance and Livelihood Realities in Solomon Islands (PDF, 137KB) Morgan Wairiu


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