Political Instability in the Fiji Islands
This paper concerns the military coup which took place in the Fiji Islands on May 14, 1987. My aim is to show that Fiji was especially susceptible to a military takeover although for seventeen years its democracy and stability had been taken for granted in both the domestic and international fronts. This paper is based on the theories of five authors: Easton and Lijphart, Nayacakalou, Milne, Zdberg and Johnson, Slater and McGowan. The theories of all these authors apply to Fiji's military coup. I conclude that Fiji was especially susceptible to a coup because: (1) applying democracy to a bipolar state caused instability. (2) political parties were weak because of outbidding and other factors and this led to political instability. (3) economically, Fiji's situation was deteriorating and increased racial competition for limited resources contributed to the country's instability and (4) ethnic domination of one ethnic group especially in the military made the whole democratic institution unstable.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.