Institutional logics of political settlement in Solomon Islands: some proposals to be refined

Event details

SSGM Seminar Series

Date & time

Friday 08 November 2013


Sparke Helmore Law Theatre 2, ANU College of Law (6a), Fellows Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Associate Professor David Craig - Otago University


Louana Gaffey
+61 2 6125 8244


This seminar starts with a basic question: ten years after the RAMSI intervention, is there a relatively stable political settlement in Solomon Islands that is likely to support the creation of effective institutions?  To discuss this, this paper takes core contemporary theory around post- conflict political settlement and institution formation (Mustaq Khan, Dan Slater, Charles Tilly, Historical Institutional perspectives on institutional layering), and examines historical, current and possible future Solomon islands political and institutional arrangements. The shape and nature of political agency and accountability, long term and emerging geopolitical dynamics, the nature of patronage arrangements, and the past and possible future role of international actors all get recast in this analysis.

About the Speaker

David Craig is a Research Associate Professor at the National Centre for Lifecourse Research, University of Otago, New Zealand. David has researched development-related issues in South East Asian and Pacific contexts over 20 years. Current research focusses on lifecourse opportunities for young Solomon Islanders in regional labour markets, and political economies of post conflict institutions.

This event is held in conjunction with the Solomon Islands in Transition Workshop: 4 - 5 November.

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