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Chiefly Leadership in Fiji: Past, Present, and Future

Lawson, Stephanie; Lawson, Elizabeth Hagan

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This Discussion Paper provides an account of the rise and fall of chiefly leadership and the apparent ebbing of a longstanding ideology of traditionalism among indigenous Fijians in the context of national politics and of the claims made in the name of indigenous nationalism. It begins with abrief survey of Fiji's colonisation in the late nineteenth century; the establishment of the GCC and the role of chiefs in the British colonial regime;and their domination of national politics, despite some...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorLawson, Stephanie
dc.contributor.authorLawson, Elizabeth Hagan
dc.date.accessioned2022-04-27T04:59:11Z
dc.date.available2022-04-27T04:59:11Z
dc.identifier.issn1328-7854
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/264121
dc.description.abstractThis Discussion Paper provides an account of the rise and fall of chiefly leadership and the apparent ebbing of a longstanding ideology of traditionalism among indigenous Fijians in the context of national politics and of the claims made in the name of indigenous nationalism. It begins with abrief survey of Fiji's colonisation in the late nineteenth century; the establishment of the GCC and the role of chiefs in the British colonial regime;and their domination of national politics, despite some challenges, up until 1987. The second section reviews the political dynamics surrounding chiefly leadership from 1987 until the Bainimarama-led coup of 2006. The final sections examine the nature of chiefly involvement in national politics in the lead-up to the 2014 elections and prospects for the future of traditional chiefly political leadership.
dc.description.sponsorshipAustralian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCanberra, ACT: Dept. of Pacific Affairs, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, The Australian National University
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDepartment of Pacific Affairs discussion paper series: 2015/5
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.source.urihttps://dpa.bellschool.anu.edu.au/experts-publications/publications/1360/chiefly-leadership-fiji-past-present-and-future
dc.titleChiefly Leadership in Fiji: Past, Present, and Future
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
dc.date.issued2015
local.publisher.urlhttp://dpa.bellschool.anu.edu.au
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationDept. of Pacific Affairs, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, The Australian National University
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage19
local.identifier.doi10.25911/H48M-ZZ71
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
local.mintdoimint
CollectionsANU Dept. of Pacific Affairs (DPA) formerly State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program

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