In this chapter, the author's focus is on the notion of 'regime vulnerability' as applied to the civil institutions of government in Fiji, both before and after the 1987 coup. The author considers the past, present and future role of the military, with particular emphasis on its relationship with civilian authority.
The author clarifies 'regime vulnerability', especially in terms of the comparative strength or weakness of civil institutions. She also gives an overview of Fiji's colonial history and legacy before outlining the role of the military in Fiji.
In terms of future directions for politics in Fiji, the author examines the concepts of overt and covert regimes, and concludes by stating that democratic constitutionalist principles are unlikely to prevail in Fiji in the short term.
|Title of host publication||The Military and Democracy in Asia and the Pacific|
|Editors||R. J. May, Viberto Selochan|
|Place of Publication||Canberra, ACT|
|Publisher||ANU E Press|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2004|
- civil-military relations
- colonial government
- the state