The Pacific region contains a highly diverse and fascinating range of countries, from the large nations of Australia and Papua New Guinea to the tiny, isolated islands of Pitcairn and Rapa Nui. However, the literature on the politics of the Pacific Islands remains much slimmer than for other regions. The first edition of Pacific Ways helped to redress this balance by providing the kind of information for the Pacific that is readily available for nations in other parts of the globe: their politics, historical background and colonial experience, constitutional frameworks, political institutions, political parties, elections and electoral systems, and problems and prospects. It covered all regions Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia and all countries, irrespective of their size or political status. The second edition updates the information on all of the countries and territories in the first edition, and adds two more: West Papua, administered as part of Indonesia, and East Timor/Timor-Leste.
Many of the chapters have been written by new authors, providing new perspectives on the Pacific's diverse approaches to the fundamental problems of power and political choice common to all societies. Contributors: Peter Clegg, Jack Corbett, Jon Fraenkel, Lorenz Gonschor, Cheryl Hunter, Iati Iati, Keli Kalolo, David Kupferman, Marc Lanteigne, Michael Leach, Hapakuke Pierre Leleivai, Stephen Levine, Kelly Marsh, Nic Maclellan, Gordon Nanau, Vergil Narakobi, Robert Norton, Glenn Petersen, Gregory B. Poling, Zag Puas, Max Quanchi, Frank Quimby, Steven Ratuva, Nigel S. Roberts, J. Robert Shaffer, Tyrone Taitano, Salote Talagi, Takuia Uakeia, Wouter Veenendaal, Phillipa Webb, Forrest Wade Young New Zealand.
Stephen Levine is a professor of political science at Victoria University of Wellington and the founder of the university s school of history, philosophy, political science, and international relations. He is founder of Victoria University s honors-level parliamentary internship program and is overall coordinator for the honors program in political science and international relations."