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This analysis attempts to address how key trends in Papua New Guinea's politics will impact upon both the bureaucracy and regulatory environment.
Previous studies of political campaigning have focused on developed and industrialised nations. This research analysed the three phases of campaigning in a case study of a developing nation, the Cook Islands. The specific features of campaigning examined were the permanent nature of campaigns, the role...
This paper briefly recounts Papua New Guinea's constitutional crisis of 2011–12 and looks at political developments under the O’Neill government which came to power following the 2012 election.
The Pacific Islands have the lowest level of female parliamentary representation of any region in the world, and electoral trends point to the very slow pace of change. There are 19 male members of parliament to every one female member in the...
The 2015 Bougainville election was a milestone for women’s political representation. The largest-ever cohort of women candidates contested; one candidate, Josephine Getsi in Peit constituency, became the first women elected to the House of Representatives in an open seat. She joins the three women members...
In the 2014 Fiji general election, 14% of elected parliamentarians were women. This percentage represents the largest proportion of women in Fiji’s parliament since independence in 1970. However, it also shows that Fiji is still a long way from parity and lags well behind the...
In just over a week, Fiji’s parliament will sit for the first time since the military takeover in 2006.
Insight has been investigating what legacy nearly a decade of military rule has left behind and what challenges lie ahead.
In this Lowy Institute Policy Brief, Melanesia Program Director Jenny Hayward-Jones examines the significance of Fiji’s elections on 17 September for Australian policy towards Fiji. She argues that the election will only be the first step in Fiji’s transition to democracy after eight years of...
This paper sketches out the factors which could exacerbate tensions in the 2012 national elections and sets out a series of recommended actions to avert the violence.
As Papua New Guinea gears up for the national election due to be held mid 2012, there...
This paper explores data on Solomon Islanders’ perceptions of the role of an elected Member of Parliament (MP), their experience of elections and their perceptions of women as leaders.
The Solomon Islands comprises around half a million people from nearly a hundred different language...