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Cultivating Christian civil society: fundamentalist Christianity, politics and governance in Papua New Guinea

CollectionsANU Dept. of Pacific Affairs (DPA) formerly State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program
Title: Cultivating Christian civil society: fundamentalist Christianity, politics and governance in Papua New Guinea
Author(s): Eves, Richard
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: Eves, R. (2008). Cultivating Christian civil society: fundamentalist Christianity, politics and governance in Papua New Guinea. SSGM Discussion Paper 2008/8. 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): 2008/8
Description: 
"I begin this discussion with a general introduction to Christianity in Papua New Guinea, particularly as it relates to broad issues of governance, electoral discourse and demands for reform. Then, as further background, I present my observations of the conduct of the most recent Papua New Guinea elections, taken largely from my situation in the Southern Highlands electorate of Kagua-Erave. The course of the election and the types of election messages people were presented with, together with their responses, offer considerable insight into their opinions of government and their approach to the question of governance. While this Discussion Paper canvasses a range of Christian approaches to electoral politics and the 2007 national election, my focus is especially on the fundamentalist Christian groups. These groups are increasing in influence throughout Papua New Guinea and contribute to a profound disenchantment with electoral politics and politics more generally, which militates against efforts to strengthen community demands for better governance ..." - page 2
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/10049
ISSN: 1328-7854

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