Parties, Electoral Politics and Democracy: Case Studies

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Parties, Electoral Politics and Democracy: Case Studies

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Government, International Politics, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PL2% and PL2% and PL2%

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course begins by looking at political parties and electoral systems in the context of different political systems globally. How did the idea behind party and electoral politics emerge? The course also focuses on overall factors that influence party and electoral politics in different political systems. A crucial and interesting component of the course is the study of party and electoral politics in the Pacific region. Although party politics and elections were not part of the indigenous political systems in the Pacific, through colonisation they have become a crucial aspect of determining political leadership in the modern systems of government. While party politics was adopted prior to independence in Fiji, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands, other countries such as Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Samoa have also adopted party politics and elections because of the parliamentary nature of their government systems. The course also focuses on: how the notion of party politics and elections as a means of strengthening democracy have been localised to suit the realities in each island country in the Pacific; the nature of party formation and electoral politics in the Pacific; strengths and weaknesses of party and electoral politics in the Pacific; and an analysis of the future of party and electoral politics in the Pacific.

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