Australia’s regional interventions: The antinomies of ‘good governance’ (2007)

This paper examines the antinomies of Australian ‘good governance’: the logical nonsense of regional coerced democracy and carefully tutored economic ‘best practice’. The tension between intervention and independence in the region – particularly with respect to the recent experience of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Timor Leste – is apparent in the recent Australian regional assistance missions and largely self-serving ‘good governance’ aid programs. Continue reading “Australia’s regional interventions: The antinomies of ‘good governance’ (2007)”

A grand deceit: The World Bank’s claims of good governance in Papua New Guinea (2003)

The World Bank has attempted to deceive the people of Papua New Guinea, by representing itself as dedicated to ‘good governance’. It is in fact a representative of large, private corporate interests, which are seeking market access and profitable opportunities. A collection of nice-sounding principles obscures this simple fact. Continue reading “A grand deceit: The World Bank’s claims of good governance in Papua New Guinea (2003)”