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State Functioning and State Failure in the South Pacific

Reilly, Benjamin


The South Pacific region features enormous variation in state performance. While Polynesian nations such as Samoa have proved to be relatively successful post-colonial states, Melanesian countries like the Solomon Islands are increasingly categorised as 'weak', 'failing' or 'failed' states. Drawing on a range of comparative studies by economists and political scientists in recent years, this article argues that cross-country variation in ethnic diversity between much of Polynesia and Melanesia...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of International Affairs
DOI: 10.1080/1035771042000304742


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