This is a study of ethnic identity and electoral politics in Solomon Islands. The study examines when and why Solomon Islanders vote ethnically in national elections, which ethnic identities are electorally important, and how ethnic voting is associated with broader features of the country's politics. The thesis makes use of regression analysis to show existing theories of ethnic identity and electoral politics do not fit the Solomon Islands case. It then uses electorate-level case studies to...[Show more]
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