Good Governance, Corruption, and Papua New Guinea’s Public Service

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    Abstract

    The Pacific Island region comprises a diverse array of countries that face a variety of challenges. For some, this includes weak governance and public sector corruption. This chapter explores these issues by drawing on research with public servants in the largest (by population and landmass) Pacific Island nation, Papua New Guinea, a country categorized by many as acutely corrupt. In line with scholars who suggest good governance should be tied to the delivery of political goods, it finds that public servants prioritize service delivery over impartiality. This is in part because many believe laws and rules are overly onerous, relevant guidelines and laws are difficult to locate, and public servants are under enormous pressure to provide unofficial favors to businesses, politicians, and kith and kin. Government policies that have strengthened relations between MPs, citizens, and public servants have exacerbated these pressures. In addition, public servants face
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of the Public Servant
    Editors Helen Sullivan, Helen Dickinson, Hayley Henderson
    Place of PublicationAmerica
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Pages1199-1217
    Edition1
    ISBN (Print)978-3-030-29980-4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2021

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