Democracy

Fiji’s New Parliament and Democracy

Parliaments play a crucial role in enhancing democracy, especially in countries that are transitioning from an authoritarian regime to a democratic system. Parliaments are

Nauru’s Retreat from Democracy

Nauru’s commitment to democracy and the rule of law has recently come under question. The Nauru government, under president Baron Waqa and justice minister David Adeang, moved quickly after its election in 2013 to dismiss the Resident Magistrate and prevent the Chief Justice from returning to Nauru, while effectively barring journalists by increasing their visa fee from $200 to $8,000. The sequel was the indefinite suspension from parliament of three MPs for ‘talking too much to foreign media’, and of two more for ‘behaving in an unruly manner’.

Biometrics, fraudsters and observers

Biometric voting system reduces fraud at Solomon Islands elections

Cultural Traditions and Identity Politics: Some Implications for Democratic Governance in Asia and the Pacific

This discussion is principally concerned with the political aspects of one of the most interesting of postcolonial phenomena in Asia and the Pacific.

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

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

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