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Being Political: Leadership and Democracy in the Pacific Islands

Jack Corbett

Abstract

Politicians everywhere attract popular disaffection but in the Pacific the word ‘politician’ has increasingly become synonymous with corruption, graft and misconduct. But who are these much-maligned figures? How did they come to arrive in politics? What is it like to be a politician? Why do they enter, stay and leave? Drawing on more than 110 interviews and other published sources, including autobiographies and biographies, Being Political provides a collective portrait of the region’s political elite. This is an insider account of political life in the Pacific as seen through the eyes of thos ... More

Keywords: politicians, Pacific Islands, leadership, democracy, governance, development, anti-politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780824841027
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824841027.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jack Corbett, author
Griffith University