Soldiers, chiefs and church: unstable democracy in Fiji

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Title Soldiers, chiefs and church: unstable democracy in Fiji
Author McCarthy, Stephen Neil
Journal Name International Political Science Review
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Abstract The qualities of democracy in Fiji are strongly influenced by ethnic divisions and indigenous sources of power and legitimacy in society. Periods of constitutional democracy interrupted by successive coups garnering conflicting support suggest that a more stable Fijian democracy requires a delicate balance of tribal, religious, ethnic and military interests. Successful democratic and governance reform requires the inclusive deliberation of all major groups in civil and political society, and not merely one that purports to represent all. Only by improving the qualities of democracy in Fiji will Fijian politics emerge from its cycle of coups and offer a more stable form of government.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 32
Issue Number 5
Page from 563
Page to 578
ISSN 0192-5121
Date Accessioned 2011-12-08; 2012-02-13T05:08:10Z
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Comparative Government and Politics
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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