Melanesia

Is Biometric Voter Registration the Way Forward for Melanesia?

Recent experiences in Fiji and Solomon Islands provide examples of roll improvements supported by biometric technology, although the true costs and benefits

The Social Dimensions of Economic Activity in Melanesia

The way people produce, transact, arrange and remunerate labour, distribute, accumulate, possess, and consume is shaped by their social context.

Big Men Drink Beer; Drunk Big Men Do Not Hit Women

Alcohol-related violence among security-sector forces in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG), highlights ongoing concerns regarding security and violence.

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

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

Developing Young Women’s Collective Action in Vanuatu

Over the past year, I have conducted 38 interviews with young, educated women in Papua New Guinea (PNG), Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Tradition and Good Governance

Customs or cultural traditions may be defined as those forms of behaviour (activities, beliefs, values) which change so slowly that they give the impression

A Coup that failed? Recent Political Events in Vanuatu

When Vanuatu conducted its fourth postindependence general election, in November last year, more was at stake perhaps than in any previous election.

Models Of Governance And Development Administration

Writing on governance and development typically distinguishes two meanings (Lefi:wich 1993; Williams and Young 1994).The first, 'good government', is concern

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