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dc.contributor.author Huffer, Elise en_US
dc.contributor.author So'o, Asofou en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-01T23:30:08Z en_US
dc.date.available 2009-12-01T23:30:08Z en_US
dc.date.issued 2005 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Huffer, E., and A. So’o. 2005. Beyond Governance in Samoa: Understanding Samoan Political Thought. The Contemporary Pacific 17 (2): 311-33. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1043-898X en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/13872 en_US
dc.description.abstract In the Samoan polity today, the indigenous institution of the matai (chiefs) continues to play a pivotal role in governance. In determining leadership, the fa‘asämoa (Samoan way) and the fa‘amatai (way of the chiefs) are the most influential factors. Yet this has not prevented Sämoa from experiencing governance problems found in other countries of the region, although perhaps on a lesser scale: misunderstanding, frustration, alienation, migration, discrimination, malpractice, patronage, and violence. Reasons for this may be (1) a lack of correspondence between fa‘asämoa and liberal democracy; (2) a lack of general understanding and critical assessment of the principles of liberal democracy in Sämoa; (3) a combination of misuse, abuse, or misunderstanding of fa‘asämoa; and (4) a lack of publicity and critical assessment of the principles of fa‘asämoa. This paper examines aspects of these four characteristics of the Samoan polity and looks at ways of reassessing governance. It draws on literature that deals with some of the main features of Samoan political thought, as well as on discussions with Samoan scholars and thinkers. This introduction to a different approach to Samoan governance also briefly reviews some of the political forces and tensions at play in Sämoa to show how they impact current political conceptualization. en_US
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press en_US
dc.publisher Center for Pacific Islands Studies en_US
dc.subject Samoa en_US
dc.subject democracy en_US
dc.subject fa'amatai en_US
dc.subject fa'asamoa en_US
dc.subject political thought en_US
dc.subject philosophy en_US
dc.subject governance en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Oceania -- Periodicals. en_US
dc.title Beyond Governance in Samoa: Understanding Samoan Political Thought en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US

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