[TimorLesteStudies] New book; Locating Democracy: Representation, Elections and Governance in Timor-Leste

Steven Farram Steven.Farram at cdu.edu.au
Tue Oct 26 17:17:12 EST 2010

Dear Colleagues,


A new book titled Locating Democracy: Representation, Elections and
Governance is now available from CDU Press.


You can see more on the CDU Press website: 



Locating Democracy: Representation, Elections and Governance in

edited by Steven Farram

This book contains a selection of papers presented at a symposium,
Locating Democracy: Representation, Elections and Governance, held in
Dili on 26-27 April 2010. The symposium was organised in response to the
local government and decentralisation reform policies of the Timor-Leste
government. Part of the reform program is the establishment of municipal
assemblies, with the aim of making democracy more representative. Four
districts were being prepared for the first municipal elections to be
held in the second half of 2010, with elections in the remaining nine
districts to have been held in 2011. There has been much discussion
about this process in Timor-Leste and it was considered that a symposium
that brought together a range of stakeholders concerned with the reform
program shortly before the associated laws were to be introduced to
parliament would be a timely event. Only days before the symposium was
to be held, however, the President, followed by the Prime Minister and
various MPs, announced that more time was needed before the districts
would be ready for municipal elections, and it was generally conceded
that they were unlikely to take place before 2014. This turn of events
did not inhibit symposium participants' enthusiasm to be involved with
the event, but rather led to spirited discussions about the whole reform
process and a range of views were expressed on the best way forward.
Erudition, clarity and a keen comprehension of the issues at hand were
features of the presentations at the symposium and it is trusted that
this selection of the papers brings those same qualities to the ongoing
debate on this important subject.

Steven Farram is a research associate at Charles Darwin University. His
research interests are the history and politics of the Northern
Territory, Indonesia and Timor-Leste.




Dr Steven Farram 
Research Associate 
School of Creative Arts and Humanities 
Faculty of Law Business and Arts 
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