Aid donors increasingly believe that development depends on 'good
governance' . Recipients of grants and loans are scrutinised for their
adherence to democracy, the absence of corruption, and their
willingness to carry out public sector reform.
This book is about issues of'governance' and 'good government' in the
South Pacific, where small, mostly democratic, developing countries are
relatively dependent on foreign aid. Issues of good governance are
prominent in the recent unrest over the Sandline mercenaries contract
in Papua New Guinea, and in the review of Fiji's constitution that led
to its readmission to the Commonwealth. They are also expressed in the
increasing international pressure for public sector reform.