The people have spoken

The people have spoken

The 2014 elections in Fiji

Edited by: Steven Ratuva orcid, Stephanie Lawson

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The September 2014 elections in Fiji was one of the most anticipated in the history of the country, coming after eight years of military rule and under a radically new constitution that introduced a system of proportional representative (PR) and without any reserved communal seats. The election was won overwhelmingly by FijiFirst, a party formed by 2006 coup leader Frank Bainimarama. He subsequently embarked on a process of shifting the political configuration of Fijian politics from inter-ethnic to trans-ethnic mobilisation. The shift has not been easy in terms of changing people’s perceptions and may face some challenges in the longer term, despite Bainimarama’s clear victory in the polls. Ethnic consciousness has the capacity to become re‑articulated in different forms and to seek new opportunities for expression. This book explores these and other issues surrounding the 2014 Fiji elections in a collection of articles written from varied political, intellectual and ideological positions.


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Mar 2016
ANU Press
Pacific Series
Social Sciences: Politics & International Studies, Social Policy & Administration
Pacific: Fiji

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  1. ‘The People Have Spoken …’ (PDF, 136KB) – Steven Ratuva and Stephanie Lawson doi
  2. Shifting democracy: Electoral changes in Fiji (PDF, 208KB) – Steven Ratuva doi
  3. Chiefly leadership in Fiji after the 2014 elections (PDF, 158KB) – Stephanie Lawson doi
  4. Fiji Indians and the Fiji general elections of 2014: Between a rock and a hard place and a few other spots in between (PDF, 163KB) – Brij V Lal doi
  5. ‘Unfree and unfair’?: Media intimidation in Fiji’s 2014 elections (PDF, 180KB) – David Robie doi
  6. From the land to the sea: Christianity, community and state in Fiji—and the 2014 elections (PDF, 180KB) – Lynda Newland doi
  7. Native land policy in the 2014 elections (PDF, 427KB) – Sefanaia Sakai doi
  8. Fiji elections and the youth vote—token or active citizenship? (PDF, 162KB) – Patrick Vakaoti doi
  9. The Fiji military and the 2014 elections (PDF, 145KB) – Jone Baledrokadroka doi
  10. The genesis of the Social Democratic Liberal Party: A struggle against the odds (PDF, 157KB) – Pio Tabaiwalu doi
  11. ‘Not with a bang but a whimper’: SODELPA and the 2014 elections (PDF, 159KB) – Scott MacWilliam doi
  12. Fiji’s evolving foreign policy and Pacific multilateral order: Pre- and post-election (PDF, 162KB) – Alex Stewart doi
  13. A pragmatic approach to a successful election: A personal reflection (PDF, 147KB) – Alisi Daurewa doi
  14. Observing the 2014 Fiji general elections (PDF, 140KB) – Leonard Chan doi
  15. Concluding note: The election to end all coups? (PDF, 87KB) – Steven Ratuva and Stephanie Lawson doi

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