The Pacific Way

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This insightful book shows how the cultural affinity among the island nations of the South Pacific, known as the Pacific Way, has led to unique regional intergovernmental organizations. In particular, Haas points out that the survival and vitality of regional cooperation in the South Pacific is pivoted on this peculiar cultural affinity. He claims that organizations who have not adopted the Pacific Way have collapsed, while those that embrace it survive and will continue to grow. This politically oriented book, ...

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Overview

This insightful book shows how the cultural affinity among the island nations of the South Pacific, known as the Pacific Way, has led to unique regional intergovernmental organizations. In particular, Haas points out that the survival and vitality of regional cooperation in the South Pacific is pivoted on this peculiar cultural affinity. He claims that organizations who have not adopted the Pacific Way have collapsed, while those that embrace it survive and will continue to grow. This politically oriented book, which covers Hawaii and the island nations from Pitcairn Islands on the east to Palau and Papua New Guinea on the west, from Micronesia on the north to Australia and New Zealand on the south, offers a perceptive view of this much ignored region of the world.

The Pacific Way examines specific organizations in this political culture, revealing how individual countries have developed common institutional arrangements in accordance with the Pacific Way. Haas starts with the organizing efforts of the colonial powers in the region, and goes on to provide a complete history of intergovernmental organizations. He offers pertinent information of the South Pacific Commission, ANZUS, and the South Pacific Forum. He fully describes the more technical organizations, including the Pacific Forum Line and the University of the South Pacific—providing both historical and contemporaruy perspectives. Finally, in view of the formation of the subregional Melanesian Spearhead Group and discussion on a possible Polynesian Economic and Cultural Community, The Pacific Way addresses prospects for integration of South Pacific regional organizations into a single coherent structure. It will appeal to students and scholars interested in political anthropology, theories of regional cooperation, and the politics of the region. It will also prove invaluable to business executives and foreign officials who deal with this part of the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275931216
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/4/1989
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL HAAS is Professor of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Foreword

The "Pacific Way"

Two Colonial Organizations Obsolesce

A Fading "Anachronism": South Pacific Commission

ANZUS, the "Non-Nuclear" Alliance: Security Treaty Between Australia, New Zealand and the United States

Organizations Concerned With the Administration of Justice: a Proliferation Based on Status Concerns

Higher and Higher by Degrees: Educational Organizations

Trade, Not Aid: We have the Goods, Send the Ships!

A New Age in the Region: South Pacific Forum

When Hawaii Calls, Who Listens?

The South Pacific Cannot Live Without the United Nations But Sometimes Cannot Live With It: Two Regional Spin-offs

Newest Kid on the Block: Tourism Council of the South Pacific

The Future of South Pacific Regional Cooperation

Glossary of Abbreviations

Combined References

Index

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