Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies

Journal article

14 Aug 2018

The paper discusses the problems that have plagued service delivery in Papua New Guinea—both over the long term and with the rollout of the District Development Authority Act of 2014. Various principal/agent and moral hazard problems are identified as well as the persistent poor delivery...

Journal article

10 Aug 2018

Climate change is affecting Pacific life in significant and complex ways. Human mobility is shaped by climate change and is increasingly positioned by international agencies, policymakers, and governments as having an important role in both climate change adaptation and human development. We consider the potential...

Journal article

20 May 2018

This article discusses privacy concerns generated by China's nationwide smart city campaign and further investigates why China's latest Cybersecurity Law is not adequate to address the risks to citizens' privacy.

Journal article

25 Apr 2018

Clientelism is a central feature of politics in Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Most voters vote in search of personalized or localized benefit, and most politicians focus on delivering benefits to their supporters at the expense of national governance. In this article, I explain...

Journal article

16 Apr 2018

Since 2013, Australian aid has been reduced and increasingly focused on delivering benefits to Australia. Motivated by these changes, this paper fills three gaps in the existing literature on public opinion about aid. It provides the only recent detailed study of Australians' opinions about aid....

Journal article

16 Apr 2018

For those who had hoped women's representation would increase following the electoral system change, results have been disappointing. Women's representation since the advent of LPV has followed the inconsistent pattern of previous elections, with small gains offset by significant setbacks.

Journal article

29 Jan 2018

Since the commencement of the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus negotiations in 2009, the Pacific Forum Island Countries have maintained that their main gain from this Free Trade Agreement is in labour mobility. Free Trade Agreements, such as the Pacific Agreement on...

Journal article

8 Aug 2017

Fiscal‐food policies use taxes to alter relative food prices so as to change diets and are suggested for reducing non‐communicable diseases in the Pacific. Price elasticity estimates used by advocates of fiscal‐food policies are often biased and may make policy makers too optimistic about small...

Journal article

20 Jul 2017

This article argues that public policy processes in Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Samoa have insufficiently addressed the context, problems and needs of societies to which policies have been directed.

Journal article

30 May 2017

The Pacific islands is one of the most aid‐dependent regions in the world. This article examines developments in the delivery of foreign aid to the region since the year 2000, a period in which there has been considerable change in both the amount and way...

Journal article

9 Sep 2015

This article discusses the poor performance of women candidates in Solomon Islands elections and potential aid policy responses.

Journal article

28 May 2015

Despite progress, poor performance of Pacific Island health systems continues to be highlighted by treatment gaps. Projecting burden of disease and the human resource requirements for mental health services will help appropriately plan for mental health in the region. We drew upon burden of disease...

Journal article

13 Aug 2014

Experience with pooling service delivery among Pacific Island countries has not met the optimistic expectations of advocates, finds this study.

Abstract

Pacific Island countries face a range of development challenges, including smallness, distance from major markets and capacity constraints. Regional service delivery,...

Journal article

6 Nov 2013

Seasonal and temporary migration programsare widely used around the world, yet there is scant evidence as to their development impacts. Absent such evidence, it is difficult to evaluate whether the proliferation of temporary worker programs in recent years is a useful development. This article reviews...

Journal article

6 Nov 2013

Abstract: Seasonal and temporary migration programs are widely used around the world, yet there is scant evidence as to their development impacts. Absent such evidence, it is difficult to evaluate whether the proliferation of temporary worker programs in recent years is a useful development. This...

Journal article

30 Sep 2013

Abstract: Asia and the Pacific is undergoing a remarkable economic transformation, which is occurring at an exceptional pace. There is clear evidence of an equally rapid epidemiological transition in the region. This article sets out the policy challenges of building healthy societies in the context...