Community-led engagement with government and the role of community brokers in East New Britain, Papua New Guinea

Lyons, Ilisapeci and Cavaye, Jim (2016) Community-led engagement with government and the role of community brokers in East New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Society and Natural Resources, 29 (4). pp. 462-478. ISSN 0894-1920

Abstract

The form of engagement between communities and government is important in determining outcomes in natural resource management, of what resources are negotiated, how resources are managed, who participates, and the distribution of benefits. In two case study communities in East New Britain, Papua New Guinea, engagement depended on the clan and community allegiances of community leaders to their elected representatives. These leaders acted as “community brokers” who negotiated and influenced community access to government decision-making, government access to community members, and government support for local projects. They represented community members through informal lobbying and mobilizing their support base through institutional networks, particularly during election campaigns. Government was perceived by communities as a source of resources. The participation of community groups in decision making and their access to public resources depended on the successful election and lobbying support of their leaders with local political candidates. Community brokers facilitated a political system that served a few select interest groups.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 29 May 2017 06:02
Last Modified: 29 May 2017 06:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community brokers; community development; engagement; governance; Papua New Guinea; representation; Participation and Decision-Making; NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS AND PEOPLE'S PARTICIPATION;
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160507 Environment Policy
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940115 Pacific Peoples Development and Welfare
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9402 Government and Politics > 940201 Civics and Citizenship
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2015.1086457
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/32228

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