The Political Economy of Economic Reform in the Pacific

Publication | July 2011
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'This collection of case studies is the first systematic effort to unpack the political economy of reform in the Pacific. It is timely, wide-ranging, and rich in insight.'

- Professor Stephen Howes, Director, Development Policy Centre and Director, International and Development Economics Program, Crawford School of Economics and Government, Australian National University

Examining the political economy of the Pacific island countries within different disciplinary frameworks, this report discusses success factors behind economic reform and investigates how politics, economics, and culture can interact to discourage change, lead to poor governance and growth, and encourage corruption. It also presents ways in which the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and other development partners can use this knowledge to provide more effective assistance to its Pacific developing member countries.

About the project team

About the Project Team The studies were undertaken under the leadership of Ron Duncan, Emeritus Professor, Crawford School of Economics and Government, Australian National University, Canberra, and were supervised by Steve Pollard, principal economist, Pacific Department, ADB.


  • Foreword
  • The Political Economy of Economic Reform by Ron Duncan
  • An Overview of the Research on the Political Economy of Reform in the Pacific by Ron Duncan
  • A Political Economy Analysis of the Customary Land Tenure Reforms in Papua New Guinea by Charles Yala
  • Telecommunication Regulatory Reforms and the Credibility Problem: Case Studies from Papua New Guinea and Tonga by Siope V. 'Ofa
  • Political Economy and Championing Reforms in the Cook Islands and Samoa by Emele Duituturaga
  • Presidential Perspectives on Political Economy in Micronesia by Giff Johnson and Ben Graham
  • Governance Reform in the Public Sector in Pacific Island Countries by Roderick Duncan
  • Achieving Revenue Reform in the Pacific: Taking Revenue Policy and Administration Advice from Intent to Reality by Margaret Cotton
  • Island Parties: How Has Political Instability Impacted on Regulatory Quality in the South Pacific? by Aaron Batten
  • Timor-Leste: Change, Stagnation, and Questions of Political Economy by Rod Nixon
  • How Pervasive is Clientelist Politics in the Pacific? by Ron Duncan and Graham Hassall
  • The Political Economy of Logging in Solomon Islands by Matthew Allen
  • The Atrophied State: A Supply-Side Perspective on Politician "Slush Funds" in Western Melanesia by Jon Fraenkel
  • Aid, Dutch Disease, and the Pacific by Jonathan Gouy
  • The Political Economy of Sugar Rents in Fiji by Satish Chand

Additional Details

  • Economics
  • Governance and public sector management
  • Fragile situations
  • Institutional systems and political economy
  • Cook Islands
  • Fiji
  • Micronesia, Federated States of
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tonga
  • 978-92-9092-313-8 (Print)
  • 978-92-9092-351-0 (Web)

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