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The clientelism trap in Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, and its impact on aid policy

Wood, Terence


Clientelism is a central feature of politics in Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Most voters vote in search of personalized or localized benefit, and most politicians focus on delivering benefits to their supporters at the expense of national governance. In this article, I explain how clientelism impedes development in both countries. I then describe underdevelopment's role in causing clientelism. I also explain the resulting trap: clientelism causes underdevelopment, and underdevelopment...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Asia & The Pacific Policy Studies
DOI: 10.1002/app5.239
Access Rights: Open Access


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