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Democratic Governance in Timor-Leste: Reconciling the Local and the National

Mearns, David J. Ed. (2008). Democratic Governance in Timor-Leste: Reconciling the Local and the National. Darwin, N.T.: Charles Darwin University Press (CDU Press).

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Title Democratic Governance in Timor-Leste: Reconciling the Local and the National
Place of Publication Darwin, N.T.
Publisher Charles Darwin University Press (CDU Press)
Publication Year 2008
ISBN 9780980457834   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Editor Mearns, David J.
Total Pages 275
Language English
Field of Research 2002 - Cultural Studies
2103 - Historical Studies
Abstract Three days after the Darwin conference from which this volume arose in February 2008, the violent attacks on the president and prime minister of Timor-Leste took place. President Ramos-Horta arrived in Darwin for treatment just as some of the authors represented here were leaving to return to their homes having participated in a two day discussion on the theme 'Democratic Governance in Timor-Leste: Reconciling the Local and the National'. The timing of the conference seemed almost prophetic given the concerns raised by the delegates regarding the ongoing conflict and violence in Timor-Leste. Contributors in some cases revised their conference papers for publication in light of the horrifying threats to the lives of Timor-Leste's leaders; others let their discussion stand as it had been presented. The result is an important collection of articles that provide highly pertinent insights into the current dilemmas of the government and people of the new republic to Australia's north. The book gives voice to East Timorese commentators as well as to Australian and other international scholars. The volume explores the necessity to come to terms with the past in order to move on to a better future. It also considers the role of the state and parliament in the new democracy while seeking to set these against the cultural and social practices of the people that affect their development. Finally, it examines the role of agencies that have sought to assist in the country's transformation from a colonised to a post- colonial society with a sound economic future . David Mearns is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Charles Darwin University. He has a long history of research in Southeast Asia and more recently in Indigenous Australia. In 2002 he published 'Looking Both Ways: Models for Justice in East Timor' and has worked as a consultant to the United Nations in Timor-Leste. Foreword by Deputy Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Dr. Jose Luis Guterres - Opening Address at the Conference, Darwin, Australia, 7 February 2008. Contributors: Fernanda Borges, Fiona Crockford, Annette Field, James J. Fox, Mark Green, Damian Grenfell, Jill Jolliffe, Damien Kingsbury, Andrew McWilliam, Andrew Marriott, Akihisa Matsuno, David Mearns, Sara Niner, Yukako Sakabe, Dennis Shoesmith, Pyone Myat Thu, Josh Trindade, Bu V.E. Wilson
Keyword Politics & Society
Southeast Asia
East Timor
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