politics

Research On Governance In Weak States In Melanesia

Concerns about government capacity in Papua New Guinea seem to be confirmed by a deterioration in law

Timor-Leste’s Revolving Door Parliament

Western Melanesian parliaments2 are routinely characterised as revolving door, with roughly half (and sometimes more) of the sitting members losing their sea

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

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

Women’s Representation and the Question of Temporary Special Measures in Tuvalu

The Pacific region is (in)famous for its low numbers of female members of parliament (MPs) (Baker 2014).

Timor-Leste’s Veterans’ Pension Scheme: Who are the Beneficiaries and Who is Missing Out?

Since the security crisis of 2006–07, the East Timoresegovernment has increasingly relied upon cash paymentschemes to mitigate further conflict and to providea form of social security. A series of schemes haveprovided payments to different groups, including:people displaced by the crisis, the military officersthat helped inflame the crisis, the elderly and disabled,and female-headed households with school-agedchildren. By far the most significant — and expensive— scheme provides pensions to veterans of the resistancestruggle against the Indonesian occupation. Thispaper highlights who is benefiting from the veterans’pension scheme and who is missing out, and examinessome of the potential long-term ramifications.

Political Settlement in Solomon Islands: A Political Economic Basis for Stability after RAMSI? | Political Settlement: Part 3

Political settlements and pacts now feature prominentlyin donor narratives about transitions from conflict andinstitutional fragility to peace and prosperity (Hickey2013). Ten years after the Regional Assistance Missionto Solomon Islands (RAMSI) intervention, politicalsettlement analysis offers fresh perspective on corequestions: Are governing arrangements in SolomonIslands stable and sustainable? Where might they beineffective and vulnerable?

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.

The Concept of Political Settlement in Development Policy, and Why it’s Useful | Political Settlement: Part 1

The ‘political settlement’ concept has been around fora long time, but like any smart virus it has morphedalong the way to suit its various hosts. It appeared firstand has its widest currency in the international relationsand peace literature, where it describes a negotiatedsettlement to conflict which spells out how power isto be distributed and managed in the post-conflictstate.1 Its next relevant incarnation, for the purposesof this paper, was in the mid-1990s in the writing ofMushtaq Khan, who used the concept to challenge theexplanations offered by new institutional economics forstate failure in developing countries (Khan 1995). Don’tjust focus on the institutions, he argues, but look to thepolitical settlement.

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

Fake Money, Bougainville Politics and International Scammers

On Saturday 16 February 2014, Barry Webb, an American citizen, was detained as he entered Port Moresby from the Philippines.

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