Research On Governance In Weak States In Melanesia

SSGM Discussion Paper

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Peter Larmour

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Discussion paper

Concerns about government capacity in Papua New Guinea seem to be confirmed by a deterioration in law
and order, and a reaction against the system of provincial government introduced at the time of
independence. However, academic research shows that order is not simply a function of government
capacity. There are multiple forms of order, including the order that emerges from market transactions, and
the order achieved through shared norms (Williamson and Ouchi 1981; Campbell, Hollingsworth and
Lindberg 1991; Kooiman and Van Vliet 1993; Young 1994).The government is not necessarily central to
processes of achieving order, or 'governance'.


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