Examining the political economy of the Pacific island countries within different disciplinary frameworks, this report discusses success factors behind economic reform and investigates how politics, economics, and culture can interact to discourage change, lead to poor governance and growth, and encourage corruption. It also presents ways in which the Asian Development Bank and other development partners can use this knowledge to provide more effective assistance to its Pacific developing member countries.
This report was prepared for a conference hosted by the Asian Development Bank and the World Trade Organization entitled "Mobilizing Aid for Trade: Focus on Asia and the Pacific." It seeks to bring a better understanding of contemporary trade issues in the Pacific region.
This collection of studies on the political economy of Pacific island countries was authored by writers from various disciplinary backgrounds. Their research confirms the results of political economy studies of economic reform in developing countries from elsewhere around the world and shines new light on the kinds of obstacles that have to be overcome for economic reform to be successful in the Pacific. This publication presents many valuable lessons for agencies assisting in the economic development of Pacific island countries.