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Rebuild or reform: regional and subregional architecture in the Pacific island region

Reconstruire ou réformer: l'architecture régionale et sub-régionale dans la région du Pacifique insulaire
Tess Newton Cain
p. 49-58

Abstracts

To understand the current state of regional architecture in the Pacific requires an historical assessment of cultural, economic and political imperatives. Recent region-wide initiatives such as the review of the Pacific Plan (2013) have raised once again questions of what regional organizations should and can do to further development in Pacific Island Countries (pic). Concurrently, we have seen the rise of sub-regionalism as a focus of economic and political activity, most notably in Melanesia. This paper considers the impact of the rise of sub-regionalism on the regionalism project overall to date and posits what might arise in the future.

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Regional Architecture
A Short History of Regional Architecture in the Pacific
Attempts to manage and reform regional architecture
The Pacific Plan
The Rise and Rise of Sub-regionalism
The ongoing tension between national political interests and the “regionalism” project
Current and Emerging Issues

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This paper examines the nature of the relationship between sub-regionalism and regionalism within the Pacific island region. The questions I consider are:

  1. What is the nature of regionalism in the Pacific and how has it changed over time?

  2. How can we expect regional and sub-regional groupings to develop and perform with reference to expected future changes?

  3. Why is it so difficult to engender political buy-in for regional and sub-regional groupings and activities?

  4. How has France as a Pacific power contributed to the current state of (sub)-regionalism and how might this change in the future?

Elsewhere, this discussion is grounded firmly in terms of economic development stemming from the belief (and in some quarters this is essentially an article of faith) that the only feasible path to meaningful growth is through increased integration. My position is much more focused on historical and political economy factors, essentially as a complement to the economic scans presented by others.

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References

Bibliographical reference

Tess Newton Cain, « Rebuild or reform: regional and subregional architecture in the Pacific island region », Journal de la Société des Océanistes, 140 | 2015, 49-58.

Electronic reference

Tess Newton Cain, « Rebuild or reform: regional and subregional architecture in the Pacific island region », Journal de la Société des Océanistes [Online], 140 | janvier-juin 2015, Online since 06 July 2015, connection on 18 December 2018. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/jso/7246 ; DOI : 10.4000/jso.7246

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