Voices of the people: perceptions and preconditions for democratic development in Fiji

Boege, Volker, Casimira, Aisake, Ernst, Manfred and Szesnat, Felicity Voices of the people: perceptions and preconditions for democratic development in Fiji. Edited by Manfred Ernst and Felicity Szesnat Suva, Fiji: Institute for Research and Social Analysis, Pacific Theological College, 2013.

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Author Boege, Volker
Casimira, Aisake
Ernst, Manfred
Szesnat, Felicity
Title Voices of the people: perceptions and preconditions for democratic development in Fiji
Place of Publication Suva, Fiji
Publisher Institute for Research and Social Analysis, Pacific Theological College
Publication year 2013
Sub-type Research book (original research)
Open Access Status
ISBN 9789823480244
Language eng
Editor Manfred Ernst
Felicity Szesnat
Total number of pages 207
Collection year 2014
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Since gaining independence on 10 October 1970, the people of Fiji have experienced four coups. While the leaders of the first three coups claimed to represent the interests of the iTaukei, the leader of the fourth coup (on 5 December 2006), Commodore Frank Bainimarama, stated that his aims were to address the underlying political problems to eliminate Fiji’s ‘coup culture’ forever. The coups and following political confusion have seriously undermined Fiji’s economy and people’s sense of security. All coups have been powered by a combination of factors, including inter-ethnic competition over resources, traditional conflicts between the chiefly choice, low levels of education, an iTaukei-dominated military force, and traditional institutions of governance challenged by systems of democracy and human rights. The experiences of Fijian citizens of ‘democracy’ and different models of governance are thus marked by discontent. If the root causes of this discontent are not addressed, the country may experience more political disruptions in the future. Aspiring to carry out an extensive and impartial inquiry into governance issues, this report is based on a systematic exploration and analysis of views of Fijians from all sectors of society. Given this background, this report presents the perceptions and visions of the people of Fiji for future democratic development, as well as their opinions as to the preconditions required for this development. As will be seen when reading this report, the voices of the people carried varying and sometimes conflicting opinions about democracy in Fiji; while some may see this as problematic, we were reminded of the saying: ‘You don’t get harmony of everyone sings the same tune’.
Keyword Fiji
Democracy
Politics and government
Human rights
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