Democracy, power and political culture in the Pacific

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This article illustrates some of the tensions between traditionalist conceptions of politics in the Pacific and the institutionalization of democracy, especially in relation to certain ideas about the place of 'consensus' in Pacific political contexts. It argues that although most Pacific leaders pay lip-service to the need for democracy and good governance, the mantra of consensus politics as the authentic expression of Pacific Way politics nonetheless continues to undermine their basic principles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-108
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Pacific studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • political culture
  • democracy
  • elections
  • constitutionalism
  • good governance
  • consensus
  • Pacific islands
  • Fiji
  • Tonga


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