Failure of political governance in Fiji: Dysfunctional policy and the media

  • Sanjay Ramesh University of Sydney, Australia
Keywords: accountability, case study, democracy, democratic deficit, elections, Fiji, FijiFirst, governance, media freedom, media law, media policy, media self-censorship, social media, transparency


Failure of political governance in Fiji is a common place where lack of democratic bargaining, political transparency, and accountability has led to political dysfunction and often political strife in the Pacific Island countries such as Fiji due to endless coups and lack of democratic accountability including suppression of the media and critical journalism.  Democratic deficit theory highlights that so-called democratic governments such as Fiji fall short of fulfilling the principles of democracy in their practices and operation because of military coups, regime formation based on decrees and ethnic policies and controls on media based on coup traps where coup masters map the future state of the country entirely on ideologically engineered and institutionally supported political infrastructures.



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Author Biography

Sanjay Ramesh, University of Sydney, Australia

Dr Sanjay Ramesh is an associate fellow with the Department of Sociology and Criminology in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney. He has written many articles on Fiji and has an interest in democratic governance in the Pacific.


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How to Cite
Ramesh, S. (2023). Failure of political governance in Fiji: Dysfunctional policy and the media. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 29(1 & 2), 78-95.