Democracy and Custom in Sāmoa

Democracy and Custom in Sāmoa

An Uneasy Alliance

Book - 2008
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Samoa became an independent state on 1 January 1962. In moving toward independence, Samoans made it clear that they wanted a political structure that reflected custom and tradition as well as democracy. The post-independence period demonstrated the practical difficulty of reconciling the two. The author examined the co-existence of the two systems of governance. He concludes that, while there has been signficant progress towards democracy (with positive and negative impacts for indigenous institutions, values and practices), it has been restricted by the persistence of customary ideals. The mixing of tradition and democracy is seen as a phase in the process of continuous social and political change, in which practices and values that no longer fit current circumstances are discarded for more relevant and appropriate ones.
Publisher: Suva, Fiji : IPS Publications, University of the South Pacific, 2008.
Branch Call Number: 320.99614 SOO
Characteristics: xviii, 238 p. :,maps ;,21 cm.
Alternative Title: Democracy & custom in Sāmoa


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