politics

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.

Reaching into the Bilum: Motherhood as a Source of Women's Power in Papua New Guinea

This paper focuses on an important aspect of preliminary findings from two research projects conducted in Papua New Guinea. The preliminary findings note the significance of women's status as mothers and the ways in which women draw on this role to construct new paths for themselves in the political and economic spheres.

Women MPs in Samoa and Kiribati

It is established that the percentage of women elected to parliament in the Pacific region is amongst the lowest in the world. In this paper the authors do not revisit debates about why this is the case, but identify a common profile of successful women MPs in the Pacific by looking at two countries where they have been relatively well represented — Samoa and Kiribati. In doing so, they identify a number of characteristics that do matter for women MPs.

Writing Pacific Life Stories: Why It’s Important

The authors highlight why life writing is an important area of research, particularly for the Pacific region.

Updating the State of the Pacific: Review of 'Pacific Perspectives' week at the ANU

Tess Newton Cain highlights some of the key themes that emerged during the State of the Pacific Conference and the PNG and Pacific Update events, held in Jun

Politicians and Political Leaders in Solomon Islands

Authors Jack Corbett and Terence Wood summarise findings from their latest research on the pre-political backgrounds of members of parliament (MPs) in Solomo

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