Series 460 - George Gadbois papers relating to a Papua New Guinea House of Assembly research project.

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George Gadbois papers relating to a Papua New Guinea House of Assembly research project.


  • 1974 - 1978 (Creation)

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(1936 -)

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George H Gadbois (Jr) was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1936. He received his BA from Marietta College, Ohio, USA and his PhD from Duke University at Durham, North Carolina, USA. He is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Kentucky, Lexington USA where he was a member of the Political Science Department from 1966 until his retirement in 1991.

For over half a century his research interest was comparative politics and judicial behaviour in South Asia and under a Fulbright research fellowships he conducted research in Papua New Guinea and India. His research findings on the Supreme Court of India appeared in various journals and publications since the 1960s. He is the author of the book ‘Judges of the Supreme Court of India: 1950-1989’, which essays the background and life of the first ninety three judges who served the Supreme Court from 1950 to 1989. He has also authored many other articles and book chapters dealing with Indian courts, judges, judicial behaviour and judicial policy-making, dating back to 1963.

In late 1974 he studied the political situation in Papua New Guinea in the years leading up to Independence in 1975. He wrote two papers, ‘Elections in Papua New Guinea: a search for a framework of analysis’ (1977), and ‘The representative roles and accountability of legislators in Papua New Guinea’ (1978) in which he drew on the research he conducted in Papua New Guinea during the second half of 1974. The subject of his research involved 73 backbenchers of the Papua New Guinea House of Assembly. They were interviewed using questions contained in the Interview Schedule for Legislators.

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This series contains interview recordings, transcripts and research papers. They include transcripts of interviews with backbenchers in the Papua New Guinea House of Assembly, 1974; a code book interview schedule and research committee paper; lists of the members of the House of Assembly, 1964-1976; research files and publications.

The interviews were conducted in English, Tok Pisin and Motu; written (typescript) versions are all in English. Most of the interviews were conducted by University of Papua New Guinea students with the interviewers frequently identified in the written version. A memorandum from Gadbois to an (unspecified) research committee provides a rationale for the form of the study.


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Researchers must sign an access agreement.

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  • English
  • Papuan Language
  • Tok Pisin

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Pacific Manuscripts Bureau (PAMBU) Reference: PMB 1372; List copied across to ANUA 460

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Pacific Manuscripts Bureau -- PMB 1372

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Created by Christine Bryan on 8 May 2014




Pacific Manuscripts Bureau (PAMBU), see PMB 1372

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