Politicians and Professionalization in the Pacific Islands: Revisiting Self-Regulation?
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In this article, I examine the nature of political practice in the Pacific Islands against two dominant measures of professionalization: incentive and institutionalist. Drawing from a range of qualitative data-interviews with politicians, published life histories, and observation-from across the region, I find that professionalization is largely unapparent against these measures. However, despite the likelihood that this absence will continue, the professional politician continues to be a standard against which political leadership in the Pacific is assessed, and thus poses a significant problem for would-be-reformers. In response to this dilemma, I find that the older idea of self-regulating professional ethics, usually disregarded by proponents of these newer and more managerial measures, has more to offer than might first appear.
Politics and Policy
Copyright 2013 The Policy Studies Organization published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.. This is the accepted version of the following article: Politicians and Professionalization in the Pacific Islands: Revisiting Self-Regulation?, Politics & Policy, Vol. 41(6), pp. 852-876, 2013, which has been published in final form at dx.doi.org/10.1111/polp.12050. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving (ttp://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828039.html)