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Being PoliticalLeadership and Democracy in the Pacific Islands$
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Jack Corbett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824841027

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824841027.001.0001

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(p.24) Chapter 2 Arriving
Being Political

Jack Corbett

University of Hawai'i Press

Considers how people arrive in politics by examining the stories they tell about how they came to seek election. It shows how politicians build the profile and reputation required to gain a seat with reference to how political pathways have altered since independence. It concludes that politicians confront the unenviable task of trying to be both ‘of’ the people, so they can understand them, but also ‘apart’ from the people, so they can rule over them.

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