MicSem Special Features

MicSem By Category: GOVERNMENT

Video Listings

After the Compact, What Then?

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

May 20, 2019 COMPACT GOVERNMENT

The Upside Down Economy

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

May 20, 2019 ECONOMICS GOVERNMENT

Island Government: Making it Work

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

May 20, 2019 CULTURAL GOVERNMENT

Micronesian Counselors

Make Me Be Good

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

How can reform of the failing education system be carried out in an island group where pressures abound to keep good teachers and bad teachers alike? There are tried and tested methods that will help, the author suggests.

November 28, 2020 EDUCATION GOVERNMENT

Why Don't Our Government Offices Work?

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Explanation of how cultural values and attitudes obstruct the creation of a government bureaucracy.

November 28, 1998 CULTURAL GOVERNMENT

Here's Where We're Headed. Which Way Should We Be Going?

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

A review of what the numbers say about the directions of the Micronesian governments.

November 28, 2020 ECONOMICS EDUCATION GOVERNMENT

Land: Public Use and Regulation

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Discussion of the importance of land for public service and the problems of acquiring it.

November 28, 2020 GOVERNMENT LAND ISSUES

Becoming a Professional Victim

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Argues that the Marshall Islands’ lawsuit against Big Tobacco could be more damaging than the cigarettes they smoked.

November 28, 2020 CULTURAL GOVERNMENT

The Rule of Law

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Why island societies with effective conflict resolution needs a western-style law system.

November 28, 2020 GOVERNMENT JUSTICE & LAW

A Close Look at the Proposed Amendments to the FSM Constitution

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

An impartial review of the pros and cons of each of the 14 proposed constitutional amendments.

November 28, 2020 GOVERNMENT JUSTICE & LAW

Settling Disputes

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Over-reliance on the courts to settle disputes, even though traditional means are available.

November 28, 2020 CULTURAL GOVERNMENT

The Chuuk Problem: At the Foot of the Political Pyramid

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Argument that Chuuk’s political impasse stems from its fragmented traditional authority system.

November 28, 2020 CULTURAL GOVERNMENT

The FSM Amnesty Bill

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Critique of the FSM bill proposing to grant amnesty to public officials prosecuted for corruption.

November 28, 2020 GOVERNMENT JUSTICE & LAW

Island Politics

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Politics in the islands has been elevated to a new art form, while drifting from the ideal of public service.

November 28, 2020 CULTURAL GOVERNMENT

Micronesians Abroad

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Report on a visit to Micronesian communities in the US with reflections on lessons learned.

November 28, 2020 GOVERNMENT MIGRATION

Micronesian Governments: A View from the Outside

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

A presentation of the Findings of Transparency International reports on FSM, Palau and the Marshalls.

November 28, 2020 GOVERNMENT

Peeking Into the Public Process

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Public access to government information conflicts with cultural views of how information is shared.

November 28, 2020 GOVERNMENT

Playing the Numbers Game

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Accurate Statistics are essential for mapping out progress and fixing future goals

November 28, 2020 EDUCATION GOVERNMENT HEALTH

What Are Our Priorities?

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Suggestions on priority areas for the FSM Government: health, education, care of the outer islands, economic development, monitoring progress through data collection, and social problems.

November 28, 2020 GOVERNMENT

The Rules of the Road in Chuuk

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

The financial and political crisis in Chuuk stems from the shortcuts that people take to get what they need from the government, thus adding to the confusion.

November 28, 2020 GOVERNMENT

Micsem Discussion

After The Compact, What Then?

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

What will the FSM Government do to promote economic development and self-reliance before the end of the Compact funding period?

November 10, 1993 ECONOMICS GOVERNMENT

Is the Congress of FSM Becoming Too Powerful?

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

The concentration of power in FSM Congress might make it the dominant force in the national government.

October 13, 1993 GOVERNMENT

What's the Fishing Industry Doing for FSM?

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Comparative look at benefits from fishing rights fees and the local fishing industry in FSM

September 08, 1993 ECONOMICS GOVERNMENT

Faith, Culture and Democracy in Truk

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Discussion of the fit between democracy and traditional authority in Chuuk, and how the church can help mediate.

April 30, 1988 CULTURAL GOVERNMENT RELIGION

Revenue Sharing Between the States and National Government

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Revenue sharing may be needed in view of the states' financial problems.

March 19, 1997 ECONOMICS GOVERNMENT

The YTK Proposal and the Future of Fishing in Pohnpei

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Japanese proposal to establish a large fishing industry on Pohnpei may threaten other fishing interests.

February 13, 1997 BUSINESS ECONOMICS GOVERNMENT

PUC: Friend or Enemy?

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Discussion of a recent decision by Pohnpei Utilities Corporation to raise power and water rates.

January 24, 1996 GOVERNMENT SOCIAL ISSUES

Population Policy for FSM

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Discussion of the need for a population policy and the strong cultural forces against limiting family size.

October 18, 1995 GOVERNMENT SOCIAL ISSUES

Casino Gambling: Should it Be Allowed?

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

The pros and cons of legalizing casino gambling to stimulate development on Pohnpei.

September 06, 1995 GOVERNMENT SOCIAL ISSUES

What Can We Do to Improve Our Schools?

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Improvement of education does not begin with money so much as good leadership and other factors.

March 29, 1995 EDUCATION GOVERNMENT

How Good is Our Health Care in FSM

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Primary health care emphasizing preventive health and a health insurance program would improve health care greatly.

January 31, 1995 GOVERNMENT HEALTH

Domestic Violence in Micronesia

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

With the breakdown of social mechanisms that once protected women, new means of protecting them from harm will have to be found.

November 30, 1994 CULTURAL GOVERNMENT SOCIAL ISSUES

The FSM Foreign Debt

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Explores the current status of foreign investment and debt in FSM

October 12, 1994 ECONOMICS GOVERNMENT

Relations Between Pohnpei State and FSM

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Tensions between Pohnpei and the national government are linked to land rights, allocation of funds, and authority.

September 22, 1994 GOVERNMENT

Where Do Traditional Leaders Fit in Today's Society?

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Traditional leaders have a distinct function, but can not easily be absorbed into the modern authority system.

May 12, 1994 CULTURAL GOVERNMENT

Women's Role in Micronesia: Then and Now

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Many of the traditional roles of women have eroded with modernization, raising the question of how adjustments can be made.

March 08, 1994 CULTURAL GOVERNMENT SOCIAL ISSUES

Is There a Place for Foreigners in Micronesia Today?

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

How can foreigners be integrated into Micronesian society better than they are at present?

April 13, 1994 ECONOMICS GOVERNMENT

Educating for Self-Reliance

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Educating a generation to become financially self-reliant cannot be accomplished by the schools alone.

January 26, 1994 EDUCATION GOVERNMENT

Books

The First Taint of Civilization

By Francis X. Hezel, SJ

A spirited tale of early exchanges between Micronesians and the West–from early Spanish explorers through 19th century whalers, traders, missionaries and beachcombers to the warship captains that planted the first foreign flags on the islands.

November 28, 1983 GOVERNMENT HISTORY

From Conquest to Colonization

By Francis X. Hezel, SJ

The fifty year period between 1690 and 1740 is extremely significant in the history of the Mariana Islands, although it has heretofore received little scholarly attention. Utilizing contemporary letters and reports penned by Jesuit missionaries who served in the islands, this book examines the major events of this period and their effects on traditional Chamorro society.

November 28, 1989 GOVERNMENT HISTORY

Micronesia: Winds of Change

Edited by Francis X. Hezel, S.J. and Mark Berg

This coffee-table book is well illustrated with photos and drawings depicting the islands’ journey to modern times. Introductory essays link first-hand accounts by foreigners describing what they saw or did in the islands. The book embraces 400 years of history, from Magellan to US naval administration in early 1950s.

November 28, 1980 FAMILY CHANGE GOVERNMENT HISTORY

Micronesian Government: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Written by Josh Levy. Edited by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

This textbook focuses less on how the modern democratic government operates today than on how it evolved over time. It begins with the traditional authority systems in different island groups and then tracks the changes that impacted up to the present.

November 28, 2020 GOVERNMENT HISTORY

articles

Keeping The Information Flow Open: A Key Condition for Good Government in Micronesia

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Cultural practices limit transparency and accountability in the islands.

Globalisation and Governance in the Pacific Islands, Edited by Stewart Firth, Canberra: ANU Press, 2006: 375-384. November 28, 2020 GOVERNMENT

Looking Ahead to the End of the Trusteeship, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Summary of Micronesia’s Compact negotiations with the US.

Journal of Pacific History, Vol. 4, 1978: 204-210. November 28, 1978 GOVERNMENT

Micronesia's Education for Self-Government: Frolicking in the Backyard?

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

The government-run political education program has sacrificed passion and competing views in its effort to be non-partisan.

Pacific Asian Studies, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1976: 62-69. Also published in: Catalyst: Social Pastoral Magazine for Melanesia, Vol. 5, No. 4, 1975: 23-35; Micronesian Independent, n.d.; Marianas Variety, n.d. November 28, 1975 GOVERNMENT