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Nation building in Papua New Guinea: a local alternative

CollectionsANU Dept. of Pacific Affairs (DPA) formerly State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program
Title: Nation building in Papua New Guinea: a local alternative
Author(s): Goudsmit, Into A.
Keywords: governance
Papua New Guinea
Date published: 2008
Publisher: Canberra, ACT: State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University
Citation: Goudsmit, I. A. (2008). Nation building in Papua New Guinea: a local alternative. SSGM Discussion Paper 2008/9. Canberra, ACT: ANU Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program
Series/Report no.: Discussion Paper (The Australian National University, State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program): 2008/9
Description: 
"This paper is written from a development perspective placing good or democratic governance at the heart of nation building. It argues that the present governance approaches in Papua New Guinea need to be complemented by one that focuses on the local levels of both the State and civil society. This is the only way that the structural predicament of nation building in Papua New Guinea can be addressed: the uneasy fit between the State and the governance practices of customary social groups. The first part of this paper explains the detrimental interaction between these two agencies, and the second part makes the case for a local approach. The major challenges of the corresponding development interventions are discussed in the last sections, including: selection of the most appropriate level of local government to be strengthened, adjustment to the fluidity of customary social groups, and the strategic choice of intermediate civil society organisations ..." - page 1
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/10048
ISSN: 1328-7854

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