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Strengthening political parties in the Pacific

CollectionsPacific Economic Bulletin (1991-2010)
Title: Strengthening political parties in the Pacific
Author(s): Chand, Satish
Duncan, Roderick
Publisher: Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University
Asia Pacific Press
The instability of Pacific politics is often traced to the weakness of its political organisations. In Papua New Guinea, the Organic Law on the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates was put in place to stabilise politics by enhancing the role of parties in parliament, but its impact has been debatable. We look at the causes of weak parties in Papua New Guinea and compare the political system in Papua New Guinea with that of industrialised democracies where political parties are stronger. This comparison suggests ways that political parties in Papua New Guinea might be strengthened, in particular, through a reformed 'slush fund' for parties.
ISSN: 1834-9455 (online)
0817-8038 (print)


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