The political economy of capacity building in the French Pacific territories

Le Queux, Stéphane, and Graff, Stéphanie (2016) The political economy of capacity building in the French Pacific territories. In: Rola-Rubzen, Maria Fay, and Burgess, John, (eds.) Human Development and Capacity Building: Asia Pacific trends, challenges and prospects for the future. Routledge, Oxon, UK, pp. 104-116.

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[Extract] Polynesia and New Caledonia are the main French colonial territories in the South Pacific. While Polynesia is celebrating their 30-year anniversary of 'autonomy' ( 1984-2014), New Caledonia is engaged in a far-reaching process of decolonisation dating from the 1980s Kanak people insurrection - euphemistically referred to as the 'Events' and which resulted in the Accords de Matignon in 1988. Both territories have their own distinctive institutions for self-governance, yet are considered as 'overseas collectivities' within the framework of the French Constitution: Polynesia is ruled under article 74 (as per a few other French overseas colonies), and New Caledonia has become a 'sui generis collectivity' since the 1998 Accord de Noumea (Bill no. 99-209, 19 March 1999, Title XIII of the French Constitution). This chapter sets out to provide an examination of capacity building in the specific context of emancipation from the colonial order looking at factors of independence (here to be understood analytically as capacity for self-determination) and of dependencies in the management of geo-political, economic and ethnic inter-dependencies.

Following some background information, we will first expose the socioeconomic divides between and within both territories as well as the challenges lying ahead. Next, we will turn to the world of work as employment and institutions of labour relations represent key determinants for capacity building in addressing inequalities and enhancing citizenship, with a particular attention to indigenous activism within the labour movement and beyond. 1 Prospects for capacity building will be discussed by way of conclusion.

Item ID: 42914
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-138-84370-7
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2016 04:42
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3505 Human resources and industrial relations > 350504 Industrial and employee relations @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910401 Industrial Relations @ 100%
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