Kerryn Baker is a Fellow in Pacific Politics with the ANU’s Department of Pacific Affairs. She researches political participation, electoral politics and electoral reform issues in the Pacific Islands.
A new era of democracy for Fiji – but where are the women?
A steep decrease in the number of women representatives after the election suggests growing disengagement.
A fast end to an era of political dominance in Samoa
The Human Rights Protection Party has been in power almost continuously for nearly 40 years. Perhaps no longer.
The Pacific and a “third option” to the independence question
Bougainville or New Caledonia could chart their own course with “flexible sovereignty” – but that might not be enough.
The surprising sameness of the Solomons elections
There is a new normal for Solomon Islands politics – a fund of money makes sitting MPs much stronger than historically.
The 2019 Solomon Islands election: how will women fare?
In an unpredictable electoral environment, an enduring fact is women face higher entry barriers into politics than men.
Women’s participation and preferential voting in PNG elections
An experiment with limited preferential voting has ended, having created little benefit for women in local politics.