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Indigenous Commercial Ambitions and Decentralisation in Papua New Guinea: The Missing Driver of Reform

MacWilliam, Scott


This Discussion Paper argues that the initial mid- 1970s establishment of provincial governments as forms of decentralised authority has been misunderstood. Anthony Regan, to cite one instance, has argued that there was intended to be ‘a radical redistribution of power, requiring the creation of new centres of power able to act as a counterbalance to the central government as well as operate as new arenas for resolution of local tensions and disputes’ (1992:9). Instead, here it is...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Dept. of Pacific Affairs (DPA) formerly State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program
Date published: 2016
Type: Working/Technical Paper
DOI: 10.25911/5f20022ec6f9a
Access Rights: Open Access


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