Politics and Government
(37k)Culture and Democracy in the South Pacific written by Aiono et al. Edited by Crocombe et al. Recommended retail price $15.
(41k)Culture, Rights, and Cultural Rights: Perspectives from the South Pacific edited by Margaret Wilson and Paul Hunt. Recommended retail price $24.95
(23k)Japanís Aid Diplomacy and the Pacific Islands by Sandra Tarte. Recommended retail price $34.
Microstates & Nuclear Issues: Regional Cooperation in the Pacific by Yoko Ogashiwa. Published by the Institute of Pacific Studies. ISBN 9820200636. Recommended retail price $10.
Regional cooperation between Pacific Island states on nuclear issues received a boost at the signing of the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone (SPNFZ) Treaty by eight SPF member countries in August 1985. This is the third such treaty in the world, following the Antarctic Treaty in 1959 and the Tlatelolco Treaty in Latin America in 1967.
This book surveys the development of this regional cooperation which resulted in the SPNFZ Treaty, in spite of difficulties of both internal and external power relations. The author clarifies the significance of such mutual cooperation in strengthening regional security, casting a new light on the power potential of microstates. Soft cover, 100 pages. Published in 1991.
Future: A Samoan Perspective on U.S.-Pacific Relations by Eni F.
H. Faleomavaega. Recommended retail price $18.
In this book, Congressman Eni Faleomavaega sets the intellectual and legislative agenda on Pacific issues for the next decade. As a delegate from American Samoa, he naturally focuses on the Pacific Island issues, but demonstrates considerable knowledge in Asian security and trade concerns. The author navigates a middle ground between those who see evil in everything that the U.S. does and the Pollyannas that are incapable of seeing any wrong. In readable prose we are mentored through arcane constitutional and treaty issues such as Exclusive Economic Zones, Territorial Status and Nuclear Free Zones. The author is also adept at explaining the more mundane problems of driftnet fishing, and agricultural and commercial policy. But the reader must realize that Eni is a Pacific Islander first and a scholar and practitioner second. Therefore, cultural issues mold his world view and knit together such diverse issues as American Indian policy, media fairness, and trade.
This book will be valued by Americans and Pacific people alike, for Faleomavaega is one of the few Pacific Islander Americans who is in regular and informed contact with the whole Pacific Region - especially with the 22 Pacific Island nations and territories. He is highly respected throughout for productivity, pragmatism, dedication and integrity.
Faleomavaega has probably done more than any U.S. Congressman to improve the lot of people throughout the Pacific Island region, and to facilitate a deeper and more mutually beneficial relationship with the United States. In addition to superb service to his electorate (as shown by the fact that he has been re-elected four times in a row and still earns more than double the votes of his nearest rival), he has taken many initiatives for the Pacific Islands region as a whole.
The book outlines ways in which relations between the United States and the Pacific can be improved to mutual advantage and calls for deeper understanding of the exceedingly diverse cultures and socio-political systems of this vast region. Soft cover, 146 pages.
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(20k)New Politics in the South Pacific by Alalima et al. Edited by Busch et al. Recommended retail price $20.
Pacific Courts and Legal Systems edited by Guy Powles and Mere Pulea.
Published by the Institute of Pacific Studies. ISBN 9820200431. Recommended
retail price $24.
What are LAW and JUSTICE in Pacific terms? WHO IS RESPONSIBLE for the courts and legal systems of the Pacific region?
This book collects the views and experiences of a large number of people engaged in courts and law-related jobs, asked to write critically about their work and areas of concern to them. Here are remarkable insights into the 28 societies of the South and Central Pacific, seen through the eyes of judges and magistrates, policy-makers, court administrators, prosecutors, government and private lawyers, pleaders, academics and teachers.
For each society, the book also offers a valuable analysis of the forms of government, sources of law, the system of courts and the legal profession - with emphasis and critical areas such as legal aid and representation, and the training of personnel. Soft cover, 376 pages, published in 1988.
The Pacific Islands
and the USA by Ron Crocombe. Recommended retail price $32.
The world's most powerful nation, and more than a dozen of the world's smallest, have been interacting for 200 years. Beginning with whaling in the 1700's, it has continued through many trades, investment, education, churches, media, diplomacy and strategic issues. As significant as the movement of Americans to the Pacific is that of 150,000 Pacific Islanders to USA.
This important book documents the growing interaction with the USA to the pinnacle of involvement in World War II. The importance of USA to the Pacific Islands remained high until the mid 1980's but has declined since then in almost every dimension. While USA will remain significant for the Pacific Islands, its relative profile will continue to decline. Soft cover, 418 pages.
Policies and Perceptions of France in the South Pacific: New Caledonia and Vanuatu by Peter Myriam Dornoy-Vurobaravu. Published by the Institute of Pacific Studies. ISBN 9820200997. Recommended retail price $18.
Perceptions of French policies in the South Pacific may not truly reflect French foreign policy, but they have played a significant role in strengthening traditional links and in shaping emerging ties between France and South Pacific Island countries, including Australia and New Zealand during the 1980's and thereafter. Written in both English and French. Soft cover, 93 pages. Published in 1994.
“Like ‘The Cold War’, ‘political correctness’ has a history that is much longer than is generally recognized. In this pioneering study, Frank Ellis shows convincingly that PC is a Russian Communist invention… Ellis’ essay is essential reading for everyone who wants to understand the way history is moving at the beginning of the new millennium. This stimulating work should be included in numerous anthologies of path-breaking articles on politics, political philosophy and totalitarianism.” -- Martin Dewhirst, Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Slavonic Studies, University of Glasgow.
“Frank Ellis demonstrates how, by promoting its ideas of what is and is not politically correct, the New Left throughout the English-speaking world has acquired an inordinate degree of censoring power on university campuses and in the media.” – Antony Flew, emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Reading, author of Crime, Punishment and Disease (1973 & 2002, Education, Race and Revolution (1984) and Equality in Liberty and Justice (1989).
“Frank Ellis has given us a splendid account of the horrible re-emergence of politically correct thinking, or rather mulish refusal to think.” – Professor Robert Conquest, Hoover Institution on War, Peace and Revolution, Stanford University, California, author of The Harvest of Sorrow: Collectivization and the Terror-Famine (1986) and The Great Terror: A Reassessment (1990).
“This profound and scholarly work shows that political correctness is no laughing matter.” – Keith Windschuttle, author of The Killing of History (1997 & 2000) and The Fabrication of Aboriginal History (2002).
Dr. Frank Ellis is lecturer in Russian at the University of Leeds, England and has also taught at the University of Las Vegas. Frank has published articles on a broad range of subjects from Soviet war literature, the Soviet and Russian media, censorship, Marxism, and defence. Prior to his academic career he was a professional soldier serving in the Special Air Service. Soft cover, 86 pages. Published in 2004.
Protest and Dissent in the Colonial Pacific by Peter Hempenstall
and Noel Rutherford. Published by the Institute of Pacific Studies. ISBN 9820200865.
Recommended retail price $13.
Faced with the vast imbalance of power between their small communities and imperial powers islanders adopted a variety of forms of dissent. Sometimes the response was to organize at the political level; at other times islanders tried to escape from exploitation by economic action through boycotts of European firms and attempts to organize islander cooperatives; another response was industrial action to better working conditions. On a few occasions islanders resorted to armed rebellion. Finally some islanders sought a solution to the problem of domination in the creation of utopian societies and religious cults. This book gives a fascinating analysis of the direction, sophistication and success of such movements. Soft cover, 200 pages. Published in 1984.
(36k)Rights, Rules & Responsibilities in International Conduct edited by Russell Solomon. Published by Dunmore Press. ISBN 0864693834. Recommended retail price $22.
Serious Business of Governing, The : Reform in Government & Transformation in the Public Sector by Peter J. Crawford. Published by Hale and Iremonger. ISBN 0868066001. Recommended retail price $25.
The pressures on contemporary government for reform are so great that major and continuing change within public institutions is inevitable. The temptation to leave institutions unchanged must be resisted if desired outcomes are to be achieved.
A successful government has a clear agenda and focus, knows where it is going and why, and how to get there. That involves excellence in leadership, a good understanding of the community and its needs, a strong sense of direction, the ability to avoid distractions, and the absolute determination to win through.
The Serious Business of Governing looks behind government to understand
the principles and public policy which underpins leadership, direction setting
and government strategies. It makes the proposition that good government involves
a high order of strategic planning, finding the best way of achieving attainable
goals and a willingness to assess progress and results. It focuses on the need
to secure the desired result for the individual, the economy, the environment,
and the community or the nation. Soft cover, 178 pages. Published in 1996.
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New Zealand Politics Source Book,The (3rd Edition) edited by Stephen Levine with Paul Harris
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