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

Democratisation and Electoral Trends in Samoa

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

Elections and Electoral Quality in Solomon Islands

Despite weak governance, challenging geography, and conflict at the turn of the millennium, Solomon Islands has succeeded in holding eight general elections

Elections Trends in Melanesia and Prospects for the 2014 Solomon Islands Elections

With Solomon Islands due to go to the polls in late 2014, it is timely to reflect on how elections in Melanesia are trending, and what we might expect with t

Presidential Elections in Papua: A Battle Between 'New' and 'Old'?

Presidential elections will be held in Indonesia on 9 July 2014.

Political Settlements and Effective Democratic Governance Programming in Melanesia | Political Settlement: Part 2

Important questions have been raised about theconceptual and policy utility of the concept of politicalsettlements (Dressel and Dinnen 2014). This In Briefconsiders how a political settlement view could usefullyinform more effective approaches to democraticgovernance programming in Melanesia (specificallyin Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands wheredemocracy programming has been most significant),by supporting a more sophisticated understanding ofpolitics and democracy which opens up alternative entrypoints for donor engagement.

Electoral Integrity, Citizens and ICT in Melanesia

This year is a landmark year for elections in Solomon Islands and Fiji. In August, Solomon Islands will go to the polls for the first time since the withdrawal of the military component of Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, and the elections will for the first time be based on voter registration undertaken using a biometric roll

The Causes and Consequences of Local Voting in Solomon Islands

This in brief discusses voter behavior in Solomon Islands elections. In particular it looks at why voters in Solomon Islands vote in search of localized assistance and not improved national governance. It explains the logic underpinning voters' choices and also the negative consequences that stem from them. It highlights the self-perpetuating nature of local voting and discusses what might bring about change.


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