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Economic Development, Democracy and Ethnic Conflict in the Fiji Islands

6 November 2001

This study discusses a complex situation whereby a numerically dominant indigenous community asserts that it is vulnerable and demands a dominant role in governance. The reasons for such claims are explored, as is the indigenous Fijians’ real and perceived sense of exclusion from the mainstream commercial economy.

Please note that the terminology in the fields of minority rights and indigenous peoples’ rights has changed over time. MRG strives to reflect these changes as well as respect the right to self-identification on the part of minorities and indigenous peoples. At the same time, after over 50 years’ work, we know that our archive is of considerable interest to activists and researchers. Therefore, we make available as much of our back catalogue as possible, while being aware that the language used may not reflect current thinking on these issues.

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