governance

Land Politics under Timor-Leste’s New Government

Earlier this year, Xanana Gusmão stepped down as prime minster of Timor-Leste, appointing Dr Rui Araújo, a well-respected member of the opposition, to repl

Papua New Guinea at 40: Signs of a New Political Culture?

In April, Papua New Guinea's (PNG's) Registrar of Political Parties, Dr Alphonse Gelu, suggested that current political stability points to ' the emergence o

Leadership Transition in Timor-Leste: Lessons From Indonesia

After over a year of speculation about government reshuffle and leadership succession, Timorese resistance hero Xanana Gusmão (popularly known by his nom de

Election Observations in Solomon Islands

In November 2014, Solomon Islands conducted its ninth general election since independence.

The Politics of Distribution in Solomon Islands: North Vella Lavella Constituency

This In Brief reports on some of the more important observations made during the North Vella campaign and marks out some of the implications for understandin

Influences and Echoes of Indonesia in Timor-Leste

Since 1999, when a UN transitional administration was established in the wake of the vote for independence from Indonesia, the case of Timor-Leste has been a

Emerging Middle Classes in Timor-Leste and Melanesia: Implications for Development and Democracy

This In Brief points to an emerging research agenda in key regional states, and the importance of further study into the economic and political values, inter

The Writing of Community By-Laws and Constitutions in Melanesia: Who? Why? Where? How?

This In Brief explores a persistent, and perhaps intensifying, trend in parts of Melanesia for communities to write down their own rules and regulations in t

Democratisation and Electoral Trends in Samoa

In 1990, the Samoa passed legislation broadening its electoral franchise.

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