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Profiling politicians in Solomon islands: professionalisation of a political elite?

Profiling politicians in Solomon islands: professionalisation of a political elite?
Profiling politicians in Solomon islands: professionalisation of a political elite?
This article examines the key attributes of members of parliament from Solomon Islands. Drawing on bio-data on MPs, interviews and election results, the authors’ findings show that politicians are getting older, have atypical education levels and are from an increasingly diverse range of occupational backgrounds. The authors also find that, while Solomon Islands MPs are a political elite of sorts, they remain tightly tied to their communities. They consider the implications of these findings for research on developmental leadership, political professionalisation and elite theory. They argue that none of these three literatures adequately captures the political trajectories of politicians in Solomon Islands but that this case study contributes to research in these areas.
1036-1146
320-334
Corbett, Jack
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Wood, Terence
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Corbett, Jack
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Wood, Terence
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Corbett, Jack and Wood, Terence (2013) Profiling politicians in Solomon islands: professionalisation of a political elite? Australian Journal of Political Science, 48 (3), 320-334. (doi:10.1080/10361146.2013.821100).

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This article examines the key attributes of members of parliament from Solomon Islands. Drawing on bio-data on MPs, interviews and election results, the authors’ findings show that politicians are getting older, have atypical education levels and are from an increasingly diverse range of occupational backgrounds. The authors also find that, while Solomon Islands MPs are a political elite of sorts, they remain tightly tied to their communities. They consider the implications of these findings for research on developmental leadership, political professionalisation and elite theory. They argue that none of these three literatures adequately captures the political trajectories of politicians in Solomon Islands but that this case study contributes to research in these areas.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 15 October 2013
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 388687
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/388687
ISSN: 1036-1146
PURE UUID: b25792fe-f2c5-4ca8-b24f-69312168be31
ORCID for Jack Corbett: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2005-7162

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Date deposited: 01 Mar 2016 13:44
Last modified: 10 Jan 2022 03:04

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Author: Jack Corbett ORCID iD
Author: Terence Wood

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