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Coup: Reflections on the Political Crisis in Fiji

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ISBN: 9781921536373 Year: Pages: 186 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_458920 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Political Science
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May 19, 2000. Fiji’s democratically elected multiracial government is hijacked by a group of armed gunmen led by George Speight, and held hostage for fifty days. Suva, the capital, is torched and looted as Speight’s supporters gather on the lawns of the parliamentary complex, dancing, cooking food, celebrating the purported abrogation of the constitution that brought the People’s Coalition government to power. The country is plunged into darkness yet again, enduring the pain of three coups in a period of just thirteen years. The process of healing and reconciliation, symbolised by the enactment of a new Constitution, unanimously approved by Parliament and blessed by the powerful Great Council of Chiefs, lies discarded, as winds of ethnic chauvinism sweep through the countryside, damaging the fragile fabric of multiculturalism that was carefully constructed by so many over many years. The economy is on the brink of collapse, investor confidence has vanished, and the best and the brightest are seeking succour on other shores. Fiji falls victim, yet again, to the prejudice and greed of a section of its people. This book gathers together a handful of memoirs of those tragic events in Fiji. They were written while the gun was still smoking; personal, anguished reactions of people from all walks of life, concerned about a country they all love but deeply distressed by the developments there. They are first reactions. They will in time become essential building blocks for a larger interpretive framework of academic analysis about origins, processes and impacts. Straight from the heart, these memoirs will be remembered as the people of Fiji and their friends elsewhere contemplate the wreckage and ruin brought about by that act of madness in the month of May 2000.

Islamising Indonesian: The Rise of Jemaah Tarbiyah and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS)

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ISBN: 9781921536250 Year: Pages: 279 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_459299 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Political Science --- Sociology
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The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) is the most interesting phenomenon in contemporary Indonesian politics. Not only is it growing rapidly in membership and electoral support, it is also bringing a new and markedly different approach to Islamic politics, one which has no precedent in Indonesian history. Understanding PKS and analysing its political behaviour presents challenges to scholars and observers. This is partly due to the fact that the party represents a new trend within Indonesian Islam which has few parallels with preceding movements.&#xD;&#xD;Yon Machmudi has rendered us a valuable service. In this book, he provides a thoughtful and authoritative context for viewing PKS. He critiques the existing categorisations for Indonesian Islam and points to their inadequacy when describing the PKS and the campus-based Tarbiyah movement from which it sprang. He reworks the santri typology, dividing it into convergent, radical and global substreams. This offers new possibilities for explaining the PKS phenomenon and assists in differentiating between various types of Islamic revivalism in contemporary Indonesia. It also allows a more understanding of the accommodatory stance which PKS has towards the state and other political forces.&#xD;&#xD;Yon’s text provides a good overview of the development of PKS from its Tarbiyah movement origins to its impressive success at the 2004 general elections. It considers the party’s attitude towards the issues of sharia implementation and community welfare and closes by examining the future challenges facing PKS.&#xD;&#xD;It is a well written and authoritative account from a scholar who has done wideranging research on the party.

Europa an der Oder

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Book Series: Kultur und soziale Praxis ISBN: 9783899429701 9783839409701 Year: DOI: 10.14361/9783839409701 Language: German
Publisher: transcript Verlag Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 103287
Subject: Political Science
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Die deutsch-polnische Grenze ist seit Beginn der 1990er Jahre Schauplatz grenzpolizeilicher Kooperationen. Doch warum entschließen sich Nationalstaaten zur Zusammenarbeit in diesem sensiblen Bereich? Und wieso soll ausgerechnet die deutsch-polnische Variante so erfolgreich sein? Vor welchen Schwierigkeiten stehen deutsche und polnische Grenzschützer in der Zusammenarbeit, und wie begegnen sie ihren Kollegen in der Alltagspraxis? Die deutsch-polnische Grenzschutzkooperation steckt voller Widersprüche. Warum sie dennoch als Erfolgsmodell für bilaterale Zusammenarbeit gehandelt wird, ist Gegenstand dieser Studie.

EL OJO DEL CÍCLOPE. Comentarios críticos a propósito del proceso de globalización

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ISBN: 9789568416133 Year: Volume: 1 Pages: 113 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_617560 Language: Spanish;
Publisher: Ariadna Ediciones
Subject: Political Science
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Essays on the world political situation in times of globalization and the challenges of the subalterns for their struggle against capitalism

Political Parties in the Pacific Islands

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ISBN: 9781921313769 Year: Pages: 229 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_459447 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Political Science
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While political parties remain an indispensable institutional framework for representation and governance in a democracy, the democracies of many Pacific Islands nations are undermined by the weakness and inefficacy of their local political parties. Addressing the implications of the lack of established party systems across the Pacific, this collection seeks to illuminate the underlying assumptions and suppositions behind the importance of coherent and effective parties to overall democratic functioning.&#xD;&#xD;Focusing on the political systems of East Timor, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji and Samoa, the coherent structure of the volume makes it consistently useful as both an articulate analytical text and a reference tool concerning the political composition, history and direction of Pacific states.&#xD;&#xD;Featuring contributions from scholars who are familiar names to even the most casual of Pacificists, Political Parties in the Pacific is the benchmark reference work on the political parties of the Pacific: an invaluable resource for students, scholars and researchers of the Pacific and international politics.

Politics and State-building in the Solomon Islands

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ISBN: 9781921313660 Year: Pages: 294 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_459449 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Political Science
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Politics and State Building in Solomon Islands examines a crisis moment in recent Solomon Islands history. Contributors examine what happened when unrest engulfed the capital of the small Melanesian country in the aftermath of the 2006 national elections, and consider what these events show about the Solomon Islands political system, the influence of Asian interests in business and politics, and why the crisis is best understood in the context of the country’s volatile blend of traditional and modern politics. Until the disturbances of April 2006 and subsequent deterioration in bilateral relations between Australia and Solomon Islands under the Sogavare government, experts had hailed the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) as an unqualified success. Some saw it as a model for ‘cooperative intervention’ in ‘failing states’ worldwide. Following these developments success seems less certain and aspects of the RAMSI model appear flawed.&#xD;&#xD;Using the case of Solomon Islands, this book raises fundamental questions about the nature of ‘cooperative intervention’ as a vehicle for state building, asking whether it should be construed as a mainly technical endeavour or whether it is unavoidably a political undertaking with political consequences. Providing a critical but balanced analysis, Politics and State Building in Solomon Islands has important implications for the wider debate about international state-building interventions in ‘failed’ and ‘failing’ states.

Collaborative Governance

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ISBN: 9781921536410 Year: Pages: 201 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_458884 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Political Science
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Collaboration has emerged as a central concept in public policy circles in Australia and a panacea to the complex challenges facing Australia. But is this really the cure-all it seems to be? In this edited collection we present scholarly and practitioner perspectives on the drivers, challenges, prospects and promise of collaboration. The papers, first presented at the 2007 ANZSOG Conference, draw on the extensive experience of the contributors in either trying to enact collaboration, or studying the processes of this phenomenon. Together the collection provides important insights into the potential of collaboration, but also the fiercely stubborn barriers to adopting more collaborative approaches to policy and implementation. The collection includes chapter from public servants, third sector managers, and both Australian and international academics which together make it a stimulating read for those working with or within government. It adds considerably to the debate about how to address current challenges of public policy and provides a significant resource for those interested in the realities of collaborative governance.

Die Türkei und das andere Europa

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Book Series: Global Studies ISBN: 9783837610123 9783839410127 Year: DOI: 10.14361/9783839410127 Language: German
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Subject: Political Science
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Diese Studie analysiert das dialogische Zusammenspiel zwischen den europäischen und türkischen Diskursen um den möglichen EU-Beitritt der Türkei. Die Differenzen stellen in der Perspektive postkolonialer Theorien ein ambivalentes und formatives Moment für die Bildung einer europäischen Identität dar: Die Europäer nehmen die Beitrittsverhandlungen zum Anlass, über ihr Selbstverständnis zu reflektieren, wobei diverse Ost-West-Repräsentationen kommuniziert und strukturiert werden. Die muslimischen Migranten in Europa und die Minderheiten in der Türkei fungieren dabei als interne Symptome, die die Unvollständigkeit der europäischen bzw. türkischen Identitäten sichtbar machen.

Gerechtigkeit in Europa

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Book Series: Europäische Horizonte ISBN: 9783899427684 9783839407684 Year: DOI: 10.14361/9783839407684 Language: German
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Subject: Political Science
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Gerechtigkeit gehört zu den zentralen Wertfragen in allen gegenwärtigen europäischen Gesellschaften. Das Gerechtigkeitskonzept wird jedoch oft inhaltlich zu eindimensional gefasst und räumlich zu sehr auf die Einzelstaaten begrenzt. Die europäische Integration hat heute ein Niveau erreicht, das die Debatte über Gerechtigkeit nur über Ländergrenzen hinweg sinnvoll macht. Die interdisziplinären Beiträge in diesem Buch diskutieren einen neuen europäischen Gerechtigkeitsbegriff, der sich an gegenwärtige politische Diskurse anschließen lässt. Mit Beiträgen von Christine Chwaszcza, Nancy Fraser, Otfried Höffe, Wolfgang Kersting, Helmut König und Emanuel Richter sowie Julian Nida-Rümelin.

A Time Bomb Lies Buried

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Book Series: SSGM Monograph ISBN: 9781921313615 Year: Pages: 106 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_459739 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Political Science --- History
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A Time Bomb Lies Buried discusses the debates which took place in Suva and London as well as the politics and processes which led Fiji to independence in 1970 after 96 years of colonial rule. It provides an essential background to understanding the crises and convulsions which have haunted Fiji ever since in its search for a constitutional settlement for its multiethnic population.

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