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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.

Micronesian Government: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: A Micronesian Civics Textbook
Written by Josh Levy. Edited by Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Pohnpei: FSM Department of Education, 2008. 315 pp.2008 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.

From Conquest to Colonization: Spain in the Mariana Islands 1690 to 1740
By Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Saipan: CNMI Divison of Historical Preservation, 1989. 78pp.1989 Government History

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.

The First Taint of Civilization: A History of the Caroline and Marshall Islands in Pre-Colonial Days, 1521-1885
By Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1983. 365 pp.1983 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.

Micronesia: Winds of Change. A Book of Reading on the History of Micronesia
Edited by Francis X. Hezel, S.J. and Mark Berg
Saipan 1980. 365 pp.1980 Family change Government History

Keeping The Information Flow Open: A Key Condition for Good Government in Micronesia, by 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. 2006 Government

Looking Ahead to the End of the Trusteeship, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Summary of Micronesia’s Compact negotiations with the US.

Journal of Pacific History, Vol. 4, 1978: 204-210. 1978 Government

Micronesia's Education for Self-Government: Frolicking in the Backyard?, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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. 1975 Government

Make Me Be Good, by 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.

June 2010 (MC #82)  Education   Government

Playing the Numbers Game, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

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

December 2009 (MC #79)  Education   Government   Health

What Are Our Priorities?, by 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.

December 2008 (MC #74)  Government

The Rules of the Road in Chuuk, by 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.

October 2007 (MC #69)  Government

Island Politics, by 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.

May 2007 (MC #67)  Cultural   Government

Micronesians Abroad, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ and Eugenia Samuel

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

December 2006 (MC #64)  Government   Migration

Micronesian Governments: A View from the Outside, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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

April 2005 (MC #55)  Government

Peeking Into the Public Process, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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

January 2005 (MC #54)  Government

The Chuuk Problem: At the Foot of the Political Pyramid, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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

April 2004 (MC #50)  Cultural   Government

The FSM Amnesty Bill, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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

January 2004 (MC #49)  Government

A Close Look at the Proposed Amendments to the FSM Constitution, by John R. Haglelgam

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

April 2002 (MC #41)  Government

Settling Disputes, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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

January 2002 (MC #39)  Cultural   Government

The Rule of Law, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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

December 2001 (MC #38)  Government

Becoming a Professional Victim, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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

July 2000 (MC #29)  Cultural   Government

Here's Where We're Headed. Which Way Should We Be Going?, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ and Hilda Heine

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

June 2000 (MC #28)  Economics   Education   Government

Land: Public Use and Regulation, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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

May 2000 (MC #27)  Government   Land Issues

Why Don't Our Government Offices Work?, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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

May 1998 (MC #22)  Cultural   Government

Revenue Sharing Between the States and National Government

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

1997-03-19  Economics   Government

The YTK Proposal and the Future of Fishing in Pohnpei

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

1997-02-13  Business   Economics   Government

PUC: Friend or Enemy?

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

1996-01-24  Government   Social Issues

Population Policy for FSM

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

1995-10-18  Government   Social Issues

Casino Gambling: Should it Be Allowed?

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

1995-09-06  Government   Social Issues

What Can We Do to Improve Our Schools?

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

1995-03-29  Education   Government

How Good is Our Health Care in FSM

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

1995-01-31  Government   Health

Domestic Violence in Micronesia

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

1994-11-30  Cultural   Government   Social Issues

The FSM Foreign Debt

Explores the current status of foreign investment and debt in FSM

1994-10-12  Economics   Government

Relations Between Pohnpei State and FSM

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

1994-09-22  Government

Where Do Traditional Leaders Fit in Today's Society?

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

1994-05-12  Cultural   Government

Is There a Place for Foreigners in Micronesia Today?

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

1994-04-13  Economics   Government

Women's Role in Micronesia: Then and Now

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

1994-03-08  Cultural   Government   Social Issues

Educating for Self-Reliance

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

1994-01-26  Education   Government

After The Compact, What Then?

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

1993-11-10  Economics   Government

Is the Congress of FSM Becoming Too Powerful?

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

1993-10-13  Government

What's the Fishing Industry Doing for FSM?

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

1993-09-08  Economics   Government

Faith, Culture and Democracy in Truk

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

1988-04-30  Cultural   Government   Religion

History V: March Toward Self-Government

This final segment in the History of Micronesia video series presents the final two decades of US administration (1960-1980), when change was the order of the day, and traces the path to self-rule.

2009 (87:00 mins) Island Topics #63   Government   History

Island Government: Making it Work

The dreams of past island leaders can only be realized if we make good government happen. But how do we deal with the cultural tensions along the way? This video portrays the dream and the obstacles in a lighthearted way.

2005 (46:13 mins) Island Topics #45   Cultural   Government

Beyond the Spoken Word: Insuring the Legacy of Our Land

Once land rights were too important to be entrusted to a piece of paper. Now they're too important not to be. This documentary explains why, and what the Marshalls can do about registering land.

2004 (19:17 mins) Island Topics #42   Government   Land Issues

For the Love of Chuuk: Working Towards the Common Good

Beginning with the village dispensaries, this documentary probes the problem of governing Chuuk. If there are cultural explanations for them, there are also remedies.

2004 (41:34 mins) Island Topics #41   Cultural   Government

The U.S. and the Marshalls: The Next 20 Years

A presentation of the terms of the re-negotiated Compact of Free Association: What the Marshalls will receive and what it hopes to achieve in the next 20 years.

2003 (37:00 mins) Island Topics #37   Compact   Government

The Legend of Bill: From Birth to Law

How does a bill become a law?  What happens to laws once they are made?  This video drama, acted by kids, presents the story of one bill's life history while illustrating the legislative and judicial process.

2001 (30:07 mins) Island Topics #30   Government

It's My Own Land, Isn't It?

Two short spoofs that make a case for some government regulation of private land--zoning and eminent domain.

2000 (23:15 mins) Island Topics #23   Cultural   Government   Land Issues

FSM: The US Pacific Outpost

A brief overview of US relations with Micronesia over the years. Focused on the FSM, this documentary surveys problems of development in the islands.

1999 (20:00 mins) Island Topics #21   Compact   Economics   Government

The Upside Down Economy

A Micronesian leader once compared the FSM economy to a turtle on its back, its feet kicking but going nowhere. This video examines the condition of the economy and what will have to be done to right it.

1997 (25:00 mins) Island Topics #11   Economics   Government

After the Compact, What Then?

Roundtable discussion garnished with interviews on what will happen to Micronesia at the end of the 15 year Compact of Free Association in the year 2001. Features Resio Moses, William Iriarte and Alex Panuelo.

1994 (46:00 mins) Island Topics #1   Compact   Government

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