Between crisis and persistence: interpreting democracy narratives in the Pacific Islands

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In this article, I highlight how crisis and persistence are narratives employed to describe democracy in the Pacific Islands. I outline six explanatory variables and illustrate how they interact temporally and spatially. By exploring the tensions within and between narratives, I provide a deeper reading of how the meanings we attach to democracy are negotiated and co-produced by theorists and policymakers. I conclude by arguing that this type of narrative analysis enables us to better understand how the taken-for-granted assumptions that are embedded within policy narratives inform governing practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-215
Number of pages18
JournalPolitical Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Counter-narratives
  • counter-stories
  • democracy
  • interpretivism
  • Pacific Islands

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