Regional Service Delivery Among Pacific Island Countries: An Assessment

Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies (APPS), vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 541–560

20 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2014

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Matthew Dornan

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

Tess Newton Cain

Development Policy Centre; The Cairns Institute; School of Political Science and International Studies

Date Written: August 13, 2014

Abstract

Pacific Island countries face a range of development challenges, including smallness, distance from major markets and capacity constraints. Regional service delivery, or pooling, has been advocated as a means of addressing these challenges. This article presents the findings from the first comprehensive study of pooling initiatives in the Pacific. It draws on a review of the literature pertaining to 20 pooling initiatives identified in the region and on interviews with stakeholders involved in many of those initiatives. The study finds that experience with pooling among Pacific Island countries has not met the optimistic expectations of advocates, including development partners. This is the result of the challenges inherent in voluntary regionalism, which are exacerbated by the diversity of Pacific Island states and political economy constraints. The article concludes that an incremental approach to expansion of regional service provision in the Pacific is both likely and appropriate given these factors.

Keywords: regionalism; Pacific Island countries; Small Island Developing States (SIDS); political economy; club theory

Suggested Citation

Dornan, Matthew and Newton Cain, Tess, Regional Service Delivery Among Pacific Island Countries: An Assessment (August 13, 2014). Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies (APPS), vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 541–560. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2504375

Matthew Dornan (Contact Author)

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

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Tess Newton Cain

Development Policy Centre ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://https://devpolicy.crawford.anu.edu.au/

The Cairns Institute ( email )

Cairns, Queensland 4878
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.cairnsinstitute.jcu.edu.au/

School of Political Science and International Studies ( email )

St Lucia
Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://https://polsis.uq.edu.au/

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