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The Insular Cases and the Emergence of American Empire (review)

The Insular Cases and the Emergence of American Empire (review) book and media reviews 197 ferent arms of the state. Hassall argues many development and governance that “instability in the structure of issues. the executive branch of government is It would have been great to see one of the main threats to the security more discussion of confl ict resolution of Vanuatu’s system of government” and reconciliation. That, however, is (242). While kastom (custom) pro- probably the topic of another book. vides a degree of stability in society, Some of the chapters in this volume the fi t—or lack of it—between modern could have included more informa- and traditional authorities could cause tion and more elaborate analysis. But confl icts. I understand that they were written Lopeti Senituli discusses the for a conference and the authors might demands for democratic reform that not have had time to improve them. have been occurring in the Kingdom In spite of the above, this book is a of Tonga. He asserts that changes are useful contribution to the discussions inevitable, and arise from within (in of development and security in the what he describes as the monarch’s Pacifi c Islands. I recommend it to any- “road to Damascus” conversion), one interested in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

The Insular Cases and the Emergence of American Empire (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 21 (1) – Feb 11, 2009

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2009 University of Hawai'i Press.
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1527-9464

Abstract

book and media reviews 197 ferent arms of the state. Hassall argues many development and governance that “instability in the structure of issues. the executive branch of government is It would have been great to see one of the main threats to the security more discussion of confl ict resolution of Vanuatu’s system of government” and reconciliation. That, however, is (242). While kastom (custom) pro- probably the topic of another book. vides a degree of stability in society, Some of the chapters in this volume the fi t—or lack of it—between modern could have included more informa- and traditional authorities could cause tion and more elaborate analysis. But confl icts. I understand that they were written Lopeti Senituli discusses the for a conference and the authors might demands for democratic reform that not have had time to improve them. have been occurring in the Kingdom In spite of the above, this book is a of Tonga. He asserts that changes are useful contribution to the discussions inevitable, and arise from within (in of development and security in the what he describes as the monarch’s Pacifi c Islands. I recommend it to any- “road to Damascus” conversion), one interested in

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Published: Feb 11, 2009

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