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Fiji in Transition, and: Fiji and the World (review)

Fiji in Transition, and: Fiji and the World (review) book reviews Fiji in Transition: Research Papers of the Fiji Constitution Review Commission, volume 1 (isbn 982-01-0333-9; vii + 312 pages, tables, figures, notes, bibliography) and Fiji and the World: Research Papers of the Fiji Constitution Review Commission, volume 2 (isbn 982-01-0334-7; vii + 358 pages, tables, appendix, notes, bibliography). Both volumes edited by Brij V Lal and Tomasi R Vakatora. Suva: School of Social and Economic Development, University of the South Pacific, 1997. Paper. Each us$30; both us$55. In contrast to earlier constitutional reviews in Fiji, the 1995­1996 Fiji Constitution Review Commission demonstrated a genuine desire to investigate the dynamics of multiracial societies and to recommend constitutional changes that might reduce the paramountcy of racial politics and check Fiji's political drift toward authoritarianism. Time will tell how successful the commissioners were, but there can be no doubting that--as a result of their work--for the first time in Fiji's constitutional history the institutions of civil society now have an opportunity to act as a counter to the dominance of political institutions. Many of the articles presented here by two of the commissioners in this two-volume set of the Commission's research papers acknowledge the importance of civil society in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Fiji in Transition, and: Fiji and the World (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 12 (2) – Jul 1, 2000

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book reviews Fiji in Transition: Research Papers of the Fiji Constitution Review Commission, volume 1 (isbn 982-01-0333-9; vii + 312 pages, tables, figures, notes, bibliography) and Fiji and the World: Research Papers of the Fiji Constitution Review Commission, volume 2 (isbn 982-01-0334-7; vii + 358 pages, tables, appendix, notes, bibliography). Both volumes edited by Brij V Lal and Tomasi R Vakatora. Suva: School of Social and Economic Development, University of the South Pacific, 1997. Paper. Each us$30; both us$55. In contrast to earlier constitutional reviews in Fiji, the 1995­1996 Fiji Constitution Review Commission demonstrated a genuine desire to investigate the dynamics of multiracial societies and to recommend constitutional changes that might reduce the paramountcy of racial politics and check Fiji's political drift toward authoritarianism. Time will tell how successful the commissioners were, but there can be no doubting that--as a result of their work--for the first time in Fiji's constitutional history the institutions of civil society now have an opportunity to act as a counter to the dominance of political institutions. Many of the articles presented here by two of the commissioners in this two-volume set of the Commission's research papers acknowledge the importance of civil society in

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 1, 2000

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