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State and Society in Papua New Guinea

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ISBN: 192094205X Year: Pages: 445 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_459731 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Political Science
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Politics and government; Social conditions; Papua new guinea

Policy Making Implementation

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Book Series: Studies in State and Society in the Pacific ISBN: 9781921536694 Year: Pages: 399 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_459445 Language: English
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Subject: Political Science
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There is a vast literature on the principles of public administration and good governance, and no shortage of theoreticians, practitioners and donors eager to push for public sector reform, especially in less-developed countries. Papua New Guinea has had its share of public sector reforms, frequently under the influence of multinational agencies and aid donors. Yet there seems to be a general consensus, both within and outside Papua New Guinea, that policy making and implementation have fallen short of expectations, that there has been a failure to achieve ‘good governance’. This volume, which brings together a number of Papua New Guinean and Australian-based scholars and practitioners with deep familiarity of policy making in Papua New Guinea, examines the record of policy making and implementation in Papua New Guinea since independence. It reviews the history of public sector reform in Papua New Guinea, and provides case studies of policy making and implementation in a number of areas, including the economy, agriculture, mineral development, health, education, lands, environment, forestry, decentralization, law and order, defence, women and foreign affairs, privatization, and AIDS.

Policy is continuously evolving, but this study documents the processes of policy making and implementation over a number of years, with the hope that a better understanding of past successes and failures will contribute to improved governance in the future.

Conflict and Resource Development in the Southern Highlands of PNG

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Book Series: Studies in State and Society in the Pacific ISBN: 9781921313462 Year: Pages: 186 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_458888 Language: English
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Subject: Political Science
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The Southern Highlands is one of Papua New Guinea’s most resource-rich provinces, but for a number of years the province has been riven by conflict. Longstanding inter-group rivalries, briefly set aside during the colonial period, have been compounded by competition for the benefits provided by the modern state and by fighting over the distribution of returns from the several big mining and petroleum projects located within the province or impinging upon it. Deaths from the various conflicts over the past decade number in the hundreds. As a result of inter-group fighting, criminal activity and vandalism, a number of businesses have withdrawn from the province. Roadblocks and ambushes have made travel dangerous in many parts and expatriate missionaries and aid workers have left. Many public servants have abandoned their posts with the result that state services are not provided. Corruption is rife. Police are often reluctant to act because they are outnumbered and outgunned. This volume brings together a number of authors with deep experience of the Southern Highlands to examine the underlying dynamics of resource development and conflict in the province. Its primary purpose is to provide some background to recent events, but the authors also explore possible approaches to limiting the human and economic costs of the ongoing conflict and breakdown of governance.

The Military and Democracy in Asia and the Pacific

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ISBN: 9781920942007 Year: Pages: 197 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_459372 Language: English
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Subject: Political Science
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Politics and government; Militarism; Civil supremacy over the military; Democracy; Asia; Pacific area

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