Elections and electoral politics

Elections and electoral politics

Election studies provide the basis for documenting and understanding how political culture in the region is evolving, and also for assessing the impact and effectiveness of electoral system reform and its influences upon political culture, including money politics and women’s political participation. Through the PRP, DPA is building on its extensive cross-regional research on elections and providing direct insight into the motivations and experiences of candidates and voters. Our research is directly relevant to electoral management bodies and donors supporting electoral management in the region. It also contributes to our understanding of how elections shape the nature of government, governance, and political stability.

Launch of DPA’s observation report on the 2017 Papua New Guinea General Elections

On 26 March 2019, Professor Betty Lovai, Dean of the University of Papua New Guinea’s (UPNG) School of Humanities and Social Sciences launched the Australian National University’s observation repor

SSGM In Brief

IB2017/10 Timor-Leste’s Presidential Election: Several Firsts, but no Generational Change

The original version of this In Brief was first published on 29 March 2017 under a Creative Commons Licence by the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

SSGM In Brief

IB2017/13 Suspension of Opposition MPs in Fiji’s Parliament

Fiji’s new parliament that emerged in 2014 after eight years of military rule revived the prospects for parliamentary democracy in that country. However, concerns have been raised about the suspension of Opposition...

Samoa Election Report 20162016 Samoa Election Domestic Observation Report

2016 Samoa Election Domestic Observation Report

On Friday 4 March 2016, Samoa conducted its 15th general election since independence in 1962. The 2016 general election was particularly significant because of three key constitutional or electoral amendments enacted...

DPA In Brief

IB2017/37 Parliamentary Elections and Government Formation in PNG and Timor-Leste — a Study in Contrasts

Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste both have new coalition governments following mid-year parliamentary elections, but the processes that produced them and the outcomes could not be more dissimilar. While PNG’s...

In Brief

IB 2018/26 Anticipating the 2019 Solomon Islands Elections

Solomon Islands is expected to hold national elections in March 2019, the first since the departure of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) in June 2017. This In Brief highlights a number of...

IB 2018/27 Women’s Representation in the 2018 Fiji Election

Fiji went to the polls on 14 November 2018. The incumbent FijiFirst Party won a narrower victory than expected, with just over 50 per cen t of the vote. The main opposition party, the Social Democratic Liberal Party...

IB 2018/28 Commerce and Confusion: Reporting the 2018 Fiji Election Results

Elections provide extensive commercial opportunities. Campaign material including banners; articles of clothing; advertising in newspapers and on television, radio and electronic media; transportation and providing...

DP 2019/02 Modernising Tradition: Elections, Parties and Land in Fiji

Is the FijiFirst government the epitome of modernity and SODELPA banking on returning to the past? In discussing land policy, indigenous rights, accumulation and need, Scott MacWilliam’s analysis shows how things are...

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