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Title Democratic governance in Timor-Leste : reconciling the local and the national / edited by David Mearns ; assistant editor: Steven Farram
Published Darwin : Charles Darwin University Press, 2008


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Description xxv, 249 pages ; 25 cm
Contents Building demand for better governance: enabling citizen-state engagement in Timor-Leste / Fiona Crockford -- International assistance to the nation-building efforts of Timor-Leste / Yukako Sakabe -- Women's handicrafts production in East Timor: change for the better? / Sara Niner
Introduction: Imagining East Timor again: the ideas of a "national identity" and "democratic governance" in Timor Leste / David Mearns -- -- Part 1: Reconciling the past and the present to the future -- -- CAVR implementation: the key to transforming the country and East Timorese society / Fernanda Borges -- Psychosocial health as a prerequisite to good governance in East Timor / Jill Jolliffe -- Justice in the community, justice in the courts: bridging East Timor's legal divide / Andrew Marriot -- -- Part 2: The state, political parties and the emerging role of parliament -- -- East Timor's political crisis: origins and resolution / Damien Kingsbury -- The UN transitional administration and democracy building in Timor-Leste / Akihisa Matsuno -- Legislative-executive relations in Timor Leste: the case for building a stronger parliament / Dennis Shoesmith -- Governance, violence and crises in Timor-Leste: estadu seidauk mai / Damian Grenfell
Smoke and mirrors: institutionalising fragility in the Policia Nacional Timor-Leste / Bu V.E. Wilson -- -- Part 3: Cultural traditions and contemporary citizenship -- -- Repaying the debt to mau kiak: reflections of Timor's cultural traditions and the obligations of citizenship in an independent East Timor / James J. Fox -- Customary governance in Timor-Leste / Andrew McWilliam -- Land forgotten: effects of Indonesian re-settlement on rural livelihoods in East Timor / Pyone Myat Thu -- Reconciling conflicting paradigms: and East Timorese vision of the ideal state / Jose 'Josh' Trindade -- Acknowledging the past, shaping the future: how the churches and other religious communities are contributing to Timor-Leste's development (extracts from the report) / Annette Field, edited by Mark Green -- -- Part 4: International agencies: opportunities and constraints for future development
Summary "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. This work will add considerably to the growing literature on the opportunities and dangers facing what has often been classed as a 'fragile state'."--Provided by publisher
Notes Kevin Sherlock Collection on East Timor
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Nation-building -- Timor-Leste -- Congresses.
New democracies -- Congresses.
Newly independent states -- Politics and government -- Congresses.
SUBJECT Timor-Leste -- History -- Congresses.
Timor-Leste -- Politics and government -- 2002- -- Congresses.
Genre/Form Conference papers and proceedings.
Author Farram, Steven Glen, editor
Mearns, David J., 1948- editor of compilation
ISBN 9780980457834 (paperback)