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Governance challenges for Pacific Island states

Hassall, Graham (2004) Governance challenges for Pacific Island states. Fijian Studies: A Journal of Contemporary Fiji, 2 (2). pp. 227-244. ISSN 1728-7456

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Pacific Island states are being pressed to improve governance both by international institutions and aid donors, and by the need to provide for citizens. In a number of Pacific countries modern politics has clashed with traditional practices of leadership, consultation and resource management. Parliaments in some cases are not performing as they should to check executive power and scrutinise government accounts, and the transparency of decision-making by state agencies needs to be improved. An active and confident civil society, aware of its rights and assisted by an active and informed media, can add significantly to good governance. At the regional level the Pacific Islands Forum is embarking on a Pacific Plan that includes key good governance objectives. There are positive developments such as digitization of communications, the emergence of a well-educated class and civil society sector, and the expansion of the media, which will give greater access to global information.

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 Neha Harakh
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2004 04:53
Last Modified: 03 May 2012 02:27

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