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A theory of atomistic federalism for Melanesia

dc.contributor.authorPowell, Philip T.
dc.identifier.issn1834-9455 (online)
dc.identifier.issn0817-8038 (print)
dc.description.abstractEthnic 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.
dc.format.extent1 vol.
dc.publisherCrawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University
dc.publisherAsia Pacific Press
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.sourcePacific Economic Bulletin, Vol. 19 , No. 3, 2004
dc.titleA theory of atomistic federalism for Melanesia
dc.typeJournal article
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationCanberra, ACT, Australia
CollectionsPacific Economic Bulletin (1991-2010)


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