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Politicians and professionalization in the Pacific islands: revisiting self-regulation?

Politicians and professionalization in the Pacific islands: revisiting self-regulation?
Politicians and professionalization in the Pacific islands: revisiting self-regulation?
In this article, I examine the nature of political practice in the Pacific Islands against two dominant measures of professionalization: incentive and institutionalist. Drawing from a range of qualitative data—interviews with politicians, published life histories, and observation—from across the region, I find that professionalization is largely unapparent against these measures. However, despite the likelihood that this absence will continue, the professional politician continues to be a standard against which political leadership in the Pacific is assessed, and thus poses a significant problem for would-be-reformers. In response to this dilemma, I find that the older idea of self-regulating professional ethics, usually disregarded by proponents of these newer and more managerial measures, has more to offer than might first appear.
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Corbett, Jack
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Corbett, Jack
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Corbett, Jack (2014) Politicians and professionalization in the Pacific islands: revisiting self-regulation? Politics and Policy, 41 (6), 852-876. (doi:10.1111/polp.12050).

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In this article, I examine the nature of political practice in the Pacific Islands against two dominant measures of professionalization: incentive and institutionalist. Drawing from a range of qualitative data—interviews with politicians, published life histories, and observation—from across the region, I find that professionalization is largely unapparent against these measures. However, despite the likelihood that this absence will continue, the professional politician continues to be a standard against which political leadership in the Pacific is assessed, and thus poses a significant problem for would-be-reformers. In response to this dilemma, I find that the older idea of self-regulating professional ethics, usually disregarded by proponents of these newer and more managerial measures, has more to offer than might first appear.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 15 January 2014
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 388676
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/388676
PURE UUID: 593c2ad1-364f-4e9b-ae91-967ab7ffeedc
ORCID for Jack Corbett: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2005-7162

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Date deposited: 01 Mar 2016 13:29
Last modified: 08 Jan 2022 03:25

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