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Breaking Fiji’s Coup Culture through Effective Rural Development

Veitayaki, Joeli (2019) Breaking Fiji’s Coup Culture through Effective Rural Development. In: Understanding Oceania: Celebrating the University of the South Pacific and its collaboration with The Australian National University. Australian National University Press, Australia, pp. 287-310. ISBN 9781760462888

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The transition of Fiji’s independent subsistence communities to a modern, interdependent economy has not proceeded as well as expected. Change in the last twenty four years has been dominated by four coups, which were largely supported by the indigenous-Fijian dominated rural populace. The political shocks, which caused economic, social and cultural ruination, were seen by people as a means to a better future while the poor conditions in rural areas were used by the different coup leaders to convince the general public that the changes in government was necessary. Consequently, the coup culture that has become established in Fiji, can be broken only if rural development is more effective so that the mass that live in rural areas support and trust their governments because they are provided living conditions similar to those enjoyed by people in urban areas. To end coups, rural development must improve the living conditions in rural areas and reduce the tension between the major races.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Marine Studies
Depositing User: Fulori Nainoca - Waqairagata
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2019 00:48
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2021 20:56

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