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Possibility of Democracy: Tonga's Progression from Absolute Monarchy to Power Sharing

Possibility of Democracy: Tonga's Progression from Absolute Monarchy to Power Sharing
 

When reverence for a monarch and the quest for democracy collide

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ISBN 9780994132512
Published 31 May 2016 by Massey University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Koloamatangi, Malakai
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ISBN-13 9780994132512
ISBN-10 0994132514
Stock Available
Status Pre-order title, release date has been delayed
Publisher Massey University Press
Imprint Massey University Press
Publication Date 31 May 2016
International Release Date 6 November 2020
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Koloamatangi, Malakai
Category Political Structure & Processes
Political Structures: Democracy
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Pasifika
Polynesia
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Government & Constitution
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 739386

Description of this Book

The unique political situation in Tonga took a remarkable turn recently when the King devolved himself of his powers, making it possible for Tonga to take another step on the way to full democracy. The King's decision avoided the social revolution that looked almost inevitable in the late 1990s and again during the 2006 riots. In 2014 Tonga held its very first democratic elections (even though the nobles still have nine seats mandated).This engaging book explores how democracy is yet to fully 'embed' itself in the Tongan psyche. Democracy's shallow roots in the Pacific explain Fiji's ongoing instability, but the author's s view is that over time Tongans will come to cleave to democracy. To get there, they have picked the best out of a range of systems and have created something that works for them very well. As a result, there are lessons in the Tongan experience for other Pacific nations, and indeed for many other developing nations.

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Author's Bio

Dr Malakai Koloamatangi is a specialist in Pacific politics and economic development who has been the Pasifika Director at Massey University since 2013. He was born in Tonga and grew up in Auckland. He has a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and PhD all from the University of Auckland His research interests include democratisation, democratic theory and practice, international political economy, Pacific politics and economic development and the universality of ideas.

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