The political economy of reform

The political economy of reform

DPA is investigating how factors such as political agency, power, coalitions and institutions interact to shape reform prospects in the Pacific, and what this means for development partners seeking to support enhanced political participation. This research stream seeks to understand how civil society actors are engaging with complex policy processes, and how they might be supported.

In Brief

IB 2018/32 Governance, Ethics and Leadership in Papua New Guinea — A Personal Perspective Part 1

This two-part series is based on a speech given on 28 May 2018 at the Australia Awards Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Parliament of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

In this paper, the author talks...

SSGM Discussion Paper

DP2017/6 Papua New Guinea under the O’Neill Government: Has There Been a Shift in Political Style?

In 2011–12 Papua New Guinea suffered its most serious constitutional crisis since independence, when the incumbent prime minister, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, was effectively removed from office in a ‘political...

SSGM In Brief

IB2017/8 Political Instability Reforms in Melanesia — Addressing a Problem or a Symptom?

Political instability, in the form of frequent motions of no confidence, has become a major source of concern in the years after independence in Papua New Guinea (PNG), Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Constitutional and...

SSGM Discussion Paper

DP2017/2 The Creation of Two New Provinces in Papua New Guinea — A Story of False Starts and Near Fatal Collisions

Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc OBE Kt made an enor­mous contribution to Papua New Guinea. During his career in public service he touched many lives and will be fondly remembered. Sir Manasupe was deeply committed to the...

SSGM Discussion Paper

DP2017/1 State of the Media Review in Four Melanesian Countries — Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu — in 2015

This Discussion Paper looks at the shifting media landscapes in four Melanesian countries in 2015 — Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. It charts and links the key developments, and considers their...

SSGM In Brief

IB2017/6 Choosing Our Leaders: Western Electoral Systems versus Traditional Leadership Selection in the Pacific Islands — A Personal Perspective

Commentaries in various internet sites and social media Facebook pages have been increasingly critical of the quality of political leadership across the Pacific islands region. The Facebook page ‘Forum Solomon...

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