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The Architecture of DemocracyConstitutional Design, Conflict Management, and Democracy$
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Andrew Reynolds

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246465

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199246467.001.0001

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Constitutional Engineering in Post‐Coup Fiji

Constitutional Engineering in Post‐Coup Fiji

(p.267) 10 Constitutional Engineering in Post‐Coup Fiji
The Architecture of Democracy

Brij V. Lal

Oxford University Press

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

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