governance

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

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.

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

IB2017/1 ‘Independence Doesn’t Have Any Meaning’: Disenchantment in Rural Papua New Guinea

This In Brief reports on recent research among the people who live in the shadow of Mt Wilhelm, PNG’s highest mountain, in the Kundiawa-Gembogl District, Chimbu

Duterte's year of living dangerously

With a populist slogan, Tapang at Malasakit (Courage and Compassion), Duterte elevated a pervasive issue, the proliferation of illegal drugs, as an urgent national concern.

Fiji Flag Change: Social Media Responds

This In Brief seeks to discuss and assess the public social media responses from the two main social media sites that were publicised by the Fijian government, for public

Timor-Leste’s New Way of ‘Doing Politics’ … and Will It Last?

This In Brief flags a new mantra in Timorese politics — national interest ahead of partisan interests — and considers its political and institutional context and the prospects for its

The Long Election: When Do We Stop Observing?

This In Brief reflects on an incident of political intimidation that occurred after the November 2014 Solomon Islands national election. From this incident it is clear that the local effects of

Women’s Under-Representation and Special Measures in the Tongan Parliament

After the 2014 general election, Tonga now joins five other states (three of which are also in the Pacific Islands region) in having no female members of their lower or single house of parliament.

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