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Mare-ever changing? Sailing between generalizations on oceanic political analysis

Anderson, Kylie J. (2010) Mare-ever changing? Sailing between generalizations on oceanic political analysis. Comparative Democratic Studies, 5 (2). pp. 23-66. ISSN NA

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    The region of Oceania is so far a relatively understudied region in terms of substantive political analysis from political science and international relations specialists. Perhaps because of the lack of specialists in the area, there is a tendency for many observers to rely on stereotypes and generalizations. Often, political assessments of the region as a whole rely on the characterization of individual state systems as derived from Westminster Parliamentary Democracy. However, there is a need for more comprehensive research to be undertaken before the way in which democracy works within individual states and communities is understood. This paper serves to introduce Korean scholars to sixteen of the independent states of the region: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand/Aotearoa, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. It provides an overview of executive and legislative structures and processes within each of the state and provides some demographic detail to help support the argument that the region is much more complex than often perceived. The paper also serves to introduce readers to some of the challenges teachers of politics within the smaller states of the region face as a result of such generalizations.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Government, Development and International Affairs
    Depositing User: Ms Mereoni Camailakeba
    Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 11:46
    Last Modified: 09 Jul 2012 14:32

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