Pacific Ways: Government and Politics in the Pacific Islands

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When the South Pacific Forum held its first meeting in 1971 only seven member states participated - New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Nauru and the Cook Islands. Today this organisation, now known as the Pacific Islands Forum and no longer confined to the 'South Pacific', includes 16 member states as well as a handful of associate member and observer member countries and organisations.

At the same time, the literature on the politics ...

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Overview

When the South Pacific Forum held its first meeting in 1971 only seven member states participated - New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Nauru and the Cook Islands. Today this organisation, now known as the Pacific Islands Forum and no longer confined to the 'South Pacific', includes 16 member states as well as a handful of associate member and observer member countries and organisations.

At the same time, the literature on the politics of the Pacific Islands remains much slimmer than for other regions.

This book redresses the balance by providing the kind of information for the Pacific that is readily available for nations in other parts of the globe. It provides expert chapters examining the politics of each Pacific Island state and territory, discussing its historical background and colonial experience, its constitutional framework, political institutions, political parties, elections and electoral systems, and problems and prospects. The book is comprehensive, covering all regions - Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia - and all countries, irrespective of their size or political status. The states and territories covered range in size from Australia and Papua New Guinea to the tiny islands of Tokelau, Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and Pitcairn.

The independent countries discussed include Australia and New Zealand; Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji; Tonga, Samoa and Tuvalu; Niue and the Cook Islands, self-governing 'in free association' with New Zealand; Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands and Palau (Belau), independent 'in free association' with the United States; Kiribati and Nauru.

The book also includes chapters about three island groups associated with France - French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and Wallis and Futuna - as well as territories affiliated to the United States - Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa.

Scholars teaching about the Pacific and its politics have not had the benefit of a comprehensive work encompassing all of the political entities in this diverse region, until now. This work closes the gap, providing a backdrop against which future developments in the Pacific can be understood.

There may once have been a singular 'Pacific way' - or at least the ideal of one. As the chapters in this book demonstrate, there are now, instead, a variety of 'Pacific ways', diverse approaches to the fundamental problems of power and political choice common to all societies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780864736178
  • Publisher: Victoria University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Levine is a professor of political science at Victoria University of Wellington and the founder of the university’s school of history, philosophy, political science, and international relations. He is founder of Victoria University’s honors-level parliamentary internship program and is overall coordinator for the honors program in political science and international relations.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Stephen Levine 9

Country Studies

American Samoa Eni F. H. Faleomavaega 17

Australia Nigel S. Roberts 26

Cook Islands Jon Tikivanotau M. Jonassen 35

Federated States of Micronesia Glenn Petersen 46

Fiji Robert Norton 54

French Polynesia Lorenz Gonschor 69

Guam Donald R. Shuster 83

Kiribati Howard Van Trease 94

Marshall Islands Kristina E. Stege 112

Nauru Max Quanchi 121

New Caledonia Nic Maclellan 130

New Zealand Stephen Levine 141

Niue Hima Takelesi 151

Northern Mariana Islands Samuel F. McPhetres 161

Palau Graham Hassall 170

Papua New Guinea Alphonse Gelu 178

Pitcairn Tony Angelo 191

Rapa Nui / Easter Island Manahi Pakarati-Novoa 196

Samoa Asofous so'o 202

Solomon Island Jennifer Corrin 212

Tokelau Tony Angelo 221

Tonga Malakai Koloamatangi 226

Tuvalu Tauaasa Taafaki 235

Vanuatu Don Paterson 249

Wallis and Futuna Frédéric Angleviel 257

Conclusion

Oceania's Political Institutions and Transitions Jon Fraenkel 277

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