Tradition Versus Democracy In The South Pacific Fiji, Tonga And Western Samoa

Author: Stephanie Lawson
Homepage 9780521496384

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  • : $35.00(NZD)
  • : 9780521496384
  • : Cambridge University Press
  • : Cambridge University Press
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  • : 0.480808
  • : January 1996
  • : 2.1 Centimeters X 16 Centimeters X 23.7 Centimeters
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  • : Stephanie Lawson
  • : Cambridge Asia-Pacific Studies
  • : Hardback
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  • : English
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  • : 244
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This study analyzes the ways in which political elites use the idea of "tradition" to legitimize certain practices and institutions. Within this framework, case studies focus on constitutional development and the chiefly power in Fiji, the monarchy and the Pro-Democracy Movement in Tonga, and the political issues surrounding the move to universal suffrage in Western Samoa. The book provides a critical approach to the political implications of romanticizing non-Western cultural traditions, especially in terms of democratic development.