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An analysis of Fiji's coup culture and the prospects for democracy

Tarte, Sandra (2008) An analysis of Fiji's coup culture and the prospects for democracy. Contemporary Democratic Studies, 4 (2). pp. 107-119. ISSN N/A

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This paper explores the so-called coup culture of Fiji (a susceptibility to periodic upheavals and military coups) by focusing on the coup that took place in Fiji in December 2006 and contrasting this to previous coups in the country. It first addresses the main differences between the 2006 and those of 1987 and 2000. It then examines the some similarities and continuities in Fiji 'coup cycle' suggesting that these are just as significant as the much-remarked differences. The paper then reflects on Fiji's prospects for building a stable democratic order, arguing that one of the hurdles to overcome is a deep seated ambivalence in Fiji which coups have only reinforced about democracy and the rule of law.

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: 15 Nov 2008 22:45
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2012 07:22

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