State and Society in Papua New Guinea: The First Twenty-Five Years (Paperback)

State and Society in Papua New Guinea: The First Twenty-Five Years By R. J. May Cover Image

State and Society in Papua New Guinea: The First Twenty-Five Years (Paperback)

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On the eve of Papua New Guinea's independence in 1975 there were many - both within the country and outside - who predicted political anarchy, with the possibility of an army coup or authoritarian single-party dominance, and economic collapse. Such fears appeared to have been justified when in 1975 both the North Solomons (Bougainville) and Papua unilaterally declared their independence. In fact, however, PNG achieved a smooth transition, and in its first decade as a new state enjoyed a high degree of political and economic progress. It remains one of the few post-colonial states that has maintained an unbroken record of democratic government. Nevertheless, from around the mid-1980s a number of problems have become apparent, including: a decline in government capability; increasing problems of urban and rural lawlessness; poor economic management, with growing evidence of nepotism and corruption; environmental degradation associated with mining and logging, and increasing pressure on land; and, from 1988, a rebellion on Bougainville. This volume brings together a number of papers written by the author between 1971 and 2001 which address issues of political and economic development and social change in Papua New Guinea.
Product Details ISBN: 9781920942069
ISBN-10: 1920942068
Publisher: Anu Press
Publication Date: May 1st, 2004
Pages: 458
Language: English