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Corruption and governance in the South Pacific

Larmour, Peter

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Suspicion of corruption has contributed to the crisis the PNG government currently faces over the use of mercenaries on Bougainville (Regan 1997), with the Governor General reported as referring to the ‘termites of corruption’ (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 24 March 1997). Meanwhile the World Bank has announced a ‘renewed approach’ to preventing corruption, including a revision of its own global lending policies (The Independent February 14 1997). Corruption is hard to pin down, in...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorLarmour, Peter
dc.date.accessioned2003-09-25
dc.date.accessioned2004-05-19T16:37:47Z
dc.date.accessioned2011-01-05T08:49:47Z
dc.date.available2004-05-19T16:37:47Z
dc.date.available2011-01-05T08:49:47Z
dc.identifier.issn1328-7854
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/41612
dc.description.abstractSuspicion of corruption has contributed to the crisis the PNG government currently faces over the use of mercenaries on Bougainville (Regan 1997), with the Governor General reported as referring to the ‘termites of corruption’ (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 24 March 1997). Meanwhile the World Bank has announced a ‘renewed approach’ to preventing corruption, including a revision of its own global lending policies (The Independent February 14 1997). Corruption is hard to pin down, in principle and in practice. Transparency International, the anti-corruption non-government organization (NGO), distinguishes between ‘grand’ corruption, or the use of public office for private gain, and ‘petty’ corruption, in which officials demand facilitation payments to carry out perfectly legal tasks, like clearing a container from a wharf, which they are supposed to perform in any case (Pope 1996). The examples used in this paper refer mainly to grand corruption, which is often linked to election campaigning. There certainly seems to be more talk and moralising about corruption in the region. Politicians are widely suspected of it. The word itself (in English) carries connotations of decline, decay and falling away from the high ideals of the past. It has religious overtones in the strongly Christian countries of the region. In this paper, I try to understand it in relationship to some other issues in South Pacific politics: tradition, identity, landownership, privatisation, aid, and sovereignty. These are issues in a wider study of governance in the South Pacific.
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dc.format.extent353 bytes
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCanberra, ACT: State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program, The Australian National University
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDiscussion Paper (The Australian National University, State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program): 1997/5
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.rightsThe permission is archived ERMS2230096
dc.source.urihttp://dpa.bellschool.anu.edu.au/ssgm-research-communication/discussion-paper-series
dc.subjectcorruption
dc.subjectSouth Pacific
dc.subjecttradition
dc.subjectkinship
dc.subjectnationality
dc.subjectlandownership
dc.subjectprivatisation
dc.subjectaid
dc.subjectsovereignty
dc.subjectgovernance,
dc.titleCorruption and governance in the South Pacific
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
local.description.refereedno
local.identifier.citationyear1997
local.identifier.eprintid2012
local.rights.ispublishedyes
dc.date.issued1997
local.type.statusPublished version
local.contributor.affiliationANU
local.contributor.affiliationState, Society and Governance in Melanesia, RSPAS
local.identifier.doi10.25911/5f2000a2437c4
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
local.mintdoimint
CollectionsANU Dept. of Pacific Affairs (DPA) formerly State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program

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