Of But Apart: Profiling Politicians in Solomon Islands

Australian Journal of Political Science, 2013, Vol. 48, No. 3, 320–334

26 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2013 Last revised: 19 Aug 2014

See all articles by Jack Corbett

Jack Corbett

The Australian National University

Terence Wood

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

Date Written: October 15, 2013

Abstract

This article examines the key attributes of members of parliament from Solomon Islands. Drawing on bio-data on MPs, interviews and election results, the authors’ findings show that politicians are getting older, have atypical education levels and are from an increasingly diverse range of occupational backgrounds. The authors also find that, while Solomon Islands MPs are a political elite of sorts, they remain tightly tied to their communities. They consider the implications of these findings for research on developmental leadership, political professionalisation and elite theory. They argue that none of these three literatures adequately captures the political trajectories of politicians in Solomon Islands but that this case study contributes to research in these areas.

Keywords: Leadership, Elections, Solomon Islands

JEL Classification: D72, O56

Suggested Citation

Corbett, Jack and Wood, Terence, Of But Apart: Profiling Politicians in Solomon Islands (October 15, 2013). Australian Journal of Political Science, 2013, Vol. 48, No. 3, 320–334. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2372743

Jack Corbett

The Australian National University ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Terence Wood (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy ( email )

7 Liversidge Street
Lennox Crossing
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory ACT 0200
Australia

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