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Economic decline and political reform in Papua New Guinea

Reilly, B. (2002) Economic decline and political reform in Papua New Guinea. Pacific Economic Bulletin, 17 (2). pp. 134-140.

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Papua New Guinea occupies a special place in discussions of the relationship between politics and development. On the one hand, it is one of the few post-colonial states to have maintained an unbroken record of formal democracy over a significant period of time. Despite the well-publicised travails of the 2002 elections—which featured widespread administrative problems and, in some areas, rampant electoral violence and voter fraud— all Papua New Guinean parliaments have been chosen via the electoral process since the introduction of national elections in 1964, making it one of the longest continuous democracies in the developing world. Indeed, the 2002 elections saw the ninth turnover of power in Papua New Guinea since independence, as the government of former Prime Minister Mekere Morauta was replaced by a coalition led by the country’s most resilient political figure, Sir Michael Sornare, in his third incarnation as prime minister.

Item Type: Non-refereed Article
Publisher: Australian National University
Copyright: Asia Pacific Press
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