governance

Alternative Development Paradigms in Vanuatu and Beyond

Vanuatu held a week-long public forum in June 2014 as a step towards creating its National Sustainable Development Plan 2016–2030 (NSPD).

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.

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.

The 2006 Military Takeover in Fiji

This book explores the factors behind – and the implications of – the 2006 coup.

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