Understanding Electoral Politics in Solomon Islands

Centre for Democratic Institutions Discussion Paper 2014/2

20 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2014 Last revised: 11 Nov 2014

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Terence Wood

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

Date Written: November 11, 2014

Abstract

This paper discusses elections, electoral politics, and governance in Solomon Islands. It provides an overview of electoral politics and electoral process as well as a discussion of voter behaviour (why voters vote for the candidates they vote for). In covering voter behaviour the paper explains how the choices voters make contribute, amongst other factors, to Solomon Islands’ political problems. The paper argues that the central issue of Solomon Islands politics is the clientelist political dynamic that the country suffers under. While voters engage in clientelist politics quite reasonably, the political incentives associated with clientelism are at odds with a well-governed state. In its concluding section the paper assess the potential for, and potential causes of, political change in Solomon Islands. As it does this is looks at the implications for aid work, and the potential for aid to help.

Keywords: Solomon Islands, Elections, Electoral Politics, Clientelism

JEL Classification: D72

Suggested Citation

Wood, Terence, Understanding Electoral Politics in Solomon Islands (November 11, 2014). Centre for Democratic Institutions Discussion Paper 2014/2. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2505265 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2505265

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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