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
Date Written: October 15, 2013
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
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