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GAMING FOR “GOOD GOVERNANCE” AND THE DEMOCRATIC IDEAL: FROM UNIVERSALIST RHETORIC TO PACIFIC REALITIES SEEN THROUGH A FIJIAN MICROSCOPE*
Australian International Law Journal (2006)
  • Jackson N Maogoto, University of Manchester
Abstract

This Article canvasses the international rubric and dynamic that informs the democracy and good governance crusade before moving the discussion to a regional setting targeting Pacific Island Countries with Fiji as a case study. It seeks to argue that democratic experimentalism, not the so-called “McDonaldization” (globalization as homogenization) of the world, is important. This is based on the premise that “McDonaldization” minimizes the complex way in which the local interacts with the international. The efficacy of democratic experimentalism is that it acknowledges that rights are not based on first principles, but that, they are inevitably socially constructed and historically contingent, and thus closely connected with both individual and group identity.

Keywords
  • Asia-Pacific,
  • Fiji,
  • Coup,
  • Good Governance,
  • Democracy,
  • Self-determination
Publication Date
2006
Citation Information
Jackson N Maogoto. "GAMING FOR “GOOD GOVERNANCE” AND THE DEMOCRATIC IDEAL: FROM UNIVERSALIST RHETORIC TO PACIFIC REALITIES SEEN THROUGH A FIJIAN MICROSCOPE*" Australian International Law Journal (2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jackson_maogoto/50/