Papua New Guinea is a complex, rapidly changing nation, where the
economy has been profoundly affected by political change. Before
independence the economy was largely based on agriculture; since
1975 it has focused on coal production. This book is the first to
deal with these changes from an economic perspective. Coming at a
time when interest in Southeast Asia is expanding rapidly, and
containing a substantial amount of additional information on the
controversial subject of Bourgainville, "The Economy Of Papau
New Guinea" is an important addition to our well-received
Growth Economies in Asia series.
Papua New Guinea is the first book to explore the economic
development of this socially complex, rapidly changing nation.
Subjects discussed include:
- rapid economic growth and political conflict
- civil war on the island of Bougainville
- population growth and urbanisation
- mining: gold, copper and environmental conflicts
- uneven development and social divisions.
Since 1975 the economy of Papua New Guinea has focused on mineral,
rather than agricultural production as previously. This is the
first book to look at these changes in a complex, rapidly evolving
nation from an economic perspective.
Connell has produced a useful reference book for dvholars and others interested in contemporary Papua New Guinea-one to be valued for its empirical data and marshalling of an extensive literature... ...the vlaue of this book lies in its richness of detail and the sheer breadth of ground covered....