Constitutional Engineering in Post‐Coup Fiji

Brij V. Lal

in The Architecture of Democracy

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780199246465
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600135 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

 Constitutional Engineering in Post‐Coup Fiji

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Analyses the historical background to the constitutional crisis that flared up in Fiji in 1987, when a military coup, led by native Fijians, overthrew a government democratically elected by a majority immigrant population. It then discusses the issues that led to the Fiji Constitution of 1990, and that continue to engage the attention of the Fiji Constitution Review Commission, regarding protection of the legitimate rights and interests of all ethnic groups in the island. It focuses on two major sets of issues: first, the elections to and composition of the parliament; second, the functioning of the institutions of government and questions of governance and accountability regarding social justice and human rights.

Keywords: constitutional design; ethnic relations; Fiji; immigration

Chapter.  10744 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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