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A theory of atomistic federalism for Melanesia

CollectionsPacific Economic Bulletin (1991-2010)
Title: A theory of atomistic federalism for Melanesia
Author(s): Powell, Philip T.
Publisher: Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University
Asia Pacific Press
Description: 
Ethnic fractionalisation has challenged the performance of Melanesian states since independence. Theory suggests that raising the pay-off from cooperation requires a system of federalism that devolves constitutional power to ethnically homogenous groups that have already achieved internal cooperative equilibria. This would preserve the power of traditional leadership and give it a stake in the preservation of constitutional provisions and reduce the probability of secessionist crises. Plans to devolve power to existing provinces, as proposed for Solomon Islands, will prolong failure of the Melanesian state because provincial constructs enjoy no more legitimacy than central government constructs inherited from colonial administrations.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/157728
ISSN: 1834-9455 (online)
0817-8038 (print)

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