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Beyond ethnicity: the political economy of the Guadalcanal crisis in Solomon Islands

CollectionsANU Dept. of Pacifc Affairs (DPA) formerly State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program
Title: Beyond ethnicity: the political economy of the Guadalcanal crisis in Solomon Islands
Author(s): Kabutaulaka, Tarcisius Tara
Keywords: Guadal canal
government policy
socio-economic development
polical developments
ethnic representation
Solomon Islands
Date published: 2001
Solomon Islands has suffered tremendously from the two-year-old crisis in Guadalcanal, the largest island in the archipelago. The war which started as a result of an attempt by some indigenous Guadalcanal to displace a rapidly growing immigrant population (mostly Malaitans) on their island has now become a national crisis. It threatens national unity and further weakens the capacity of the state to address development issues. So far, most of the discussions on the crisis have highlighted ethnicity as a major factor causing the crisis. This paper argues that the crisis was, in fact triggered by successive governments’ poor policies, a flawed political system, poor leadership and other socio-economic development issues that have not been addressed.


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