Pacific view: the meaning of governance and politics in the Solomon Islands

Moore, Clive R. (2008) Pacific view: the meaning of governance and politics in the Solomon Islands. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 62 3: 386-407. doi:10.1080/10357710802286833

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Author Moore, Clive R.
Title Pacific view: the meaning of governance and politics in the Solomon Islands
Journal name Australian Journal of International Affairs   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1035-7718
Publication date 2008-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10357710802286833
Open Access Status
Volume 62
Issue 3
Start page 386
End page 407
Total pages 22
Editor Michael Wesley
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Subject C1
970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
210313 Pacific History (excl. New Zealand and Maori)
Abstract Based on the turmoil of the 'crisis years' (1998-2003) and the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Island (RAMSI) years (2003-2007), this paper explores epistemological issues that deeply divide the way that Solomon Islanders look at prosperity and good government and the way that foreign aid donors, RAMSI and Australia see the future for Solomon Islands. State-building or re-building is not the same as nation-building based on local concepts of the good life. The stakes are high, and as the Sogavare Government (2006-2007) indicated, substantial changes are needed to RAMSI, with a clear exit strategy or amalgamation of its central features into the central government structure. Unless RAMSI can come to terms with Solomon Islands' epistemological and related political issues, there is no future for the Mission. The paper looks first at the post-RAMSI period, before concentrating on epistemological and political differences, and uses Malaita Province as an example of local circumstances that apply in all areas of the troubled nation. The argument on the epistemology of development is drawn from the writings of David Gegeo and Karen Watson Gegeo, and my personal experience.
Keyword Papua New Guinea
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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