The Governance of Common Property in the Pacific Region

The Governance of Common Property in the Pacific Region

Edited by: Peter Larmour

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In a region where mining, forestry, fish and other primary resources are so basic to income, employment and national prosperity, an understanding of rights to land, water and minerals is fundamental. Tenure regimes in the Asia-Pacific region are vastly more diverse and complex than in those of any other part of the world for comparable population numbers. These studies will overcome the simplistic misunderstandings that have obscured understanding in so many instances.

This book provides an up-to-date overview of the main patterns of indigenous property rights, particularly those held by corporate groups, in the South Pacific Forum region (Australia, New Zealand and the independent Pacific island nations) plus a valuable comparative chapter on Canada. It explores the relative success and failure of a variety of approaches to the management of these complex systems, and offers insights and suggestions for the amelioration of present and likely future stresses in the systems. It is a valuable contribution to the understanding of both governance and property, and to the effective sociopolitical development of the region.

- Ron Crocombe, Emeritus Professor, University of the South Pacific


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Publication date:
Mar 2013
First published by National Centre for Development Studies
ANU Press
Arts & Humanities: Cultural Studies, History; Law; Social Sciences: Anthropology, Indigenous Studies, Politics & International Studies, Social Policy & Administration
Australia; North America: Canada; Pacific: Papua New Guinea

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  1. Changing forms of communal tenure (PDF, 705KB)R. Gerard Ward doi
  2. Resolving property issues as a precondition for growth: access to land in the Pacific islands (PDF, 674KB)  – Satish Chand and Ron Duncan doi
  3. It’s the land, stupid! The moral economy of resource ownership in Papua New Guinea (PDF, 947KB)Chris Ballard doi
  4. Customary land tenure and common/public rights to minerals in Papua New Guinea (PDF, 241KB)Andrew A.L. Lakau doi
  5. Improving security of access to customary-owned land in Melanesia: mining in Papua New Guinea (PDF, 797KB)Ron Duncan and Rod Duncan doi
  6. Common property, Maori identity and the Treaty of Waitangi (PDF, 664KB)Sir Hugh Kawharu doi
  7. Common property and regional sovereignty: relations between aboriginal peoples and the Crown in Canada (PDF, 964KB)Peter J. Usher doi
  8. Property, sovereignty, and self-determination in Australia (PDF, 146KB)Henry Reynolds doi
  9. Common property regimes in Aboriginal Australia: totemism revisited (PDF, 825KB)Deborah Bird Rose doi
  10. Cooperative approaches to marine resource management in the South Pacific (PDF, 2.2MB)Colin Hunt doi
  11. Common property management of highly migratory fish stocks: tuna in the Pacific (PDF, 857KB)Janaline Oh doi
  12. Common property conflict and resolution: Aboriginal Australia and Papua New Guinea (PDF, 1.2MB)  – Kilyali Kalit and Elspeth Young doi

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