194 the contemporary paciﬁ c • 21:1 (2009) that have increasingly plagued the Security and Development in the country since independence in 1979, a Paciﬁ c Islands: Social Resilience in few years after he left. Yet his informa- Emerging States, edited by M Anne tive account of the local administrative Brown. London: Lynne Rienner system concludes with little more than Publishers, 2007. isbn cloth, 978-1- a critique of the premature imposi- 58826-505-0; paper, 978-1-58826- tion of independence on a country 530-2; x + 347 pages, tables, ﬁ gures, divided by social and political paro- map, notes, references, index. Cloth, chialism, under “big man” leadership us$59.95; paper, us$24.50. that prioritizes loyalties to family and clan. He certainly has the evidence to Security and development are impor- provide a more thorough critique of tant issues in the contemporary Paciﬁ c colonial economic, social, and politi- Islands region. While these problems cal development policies, which might have long featured in discussions indeed explain many of the country’s about the region, they have become recent problems, and he seems also to more prominent in the past two have opinions that might incline him decades, especially in light of the push to do so.
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