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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 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Koloamatangi, Malakai

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    6 Nov 20

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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ISBN 9780994132512
Published NZ 6 Nov 2020
Publisher Massey University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Available for pre-order, ships once released

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ISBN-13 9780994132512
Stock Release date is 6 November 2020
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Massey University Press
Imprint Massey University Press
Published 6 Nov 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
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Government & Constitution
ONIX Text General/trade