Rational, reverential or experimental? The politics of electoral reform in Oceania

Liam Weeks*

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Oceania, with the exception of New Zealand, has received little comparative attention in studies of electoral reform. This article uses evidence from Fiji, Tonga, Papua New Guinea and Nauru, as well as New Zealand and Australia, in order to: understand the process of electoral reform at national and regional levels; examine variation in the process and consider whether theories of electoral reform from elsewhere apply to Oceania. It finds that electoral reform is a highly complex process that is influenced by the self-interest of parties, democratic values and diffusion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-397
Number of pages15
JournalAustralian Journal of Political Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


  • Australia
  • electoral reform
  • electoral systems
  • Fiji
  • institutional change
  • Nauru
  • New Zealand
  • Oceania
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Tonga


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