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"What constitutes our national identity? Should New Zealand have a written constitution? Is it appropriate that Queen Elizabeth remains New Zealand's head of state? How useful are referendums?" New Zealand Government and Politics provides a comprehensive overview of the core concepts, institutions and processes of the New Zealand political system. The fifth edition of this highly respected textbook includes fresh perspectives on New Zealand politics (with a number of new contributors), and additional learning features to engage students.

"New Zealand Government and Politics is the leading undergraduate textbook for students of New Zealand political science. This third edition, featuring seven new chapters, includes a review of the major political events of the period 1990-2003, including analyses of the 2002 election campaign and results, the formation of the new Labour-led government, the parliamentary review of proportional representation, and recent changes to the party system."--BOOK JACKET.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195584929
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond Miller is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Political Studies at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

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Table of Contents

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1.1 Why Study Politics? Chris Eichbaum Eichbaum, Chris 1


2.1 Political Culture: Patterns and Issues Fiona Barker Barker, Fiona 13

2.2 New Zealand Since the War Jim McAloon McAloon, Jim 29

2.3 National Identity in a Global Political Economy Charlie Gao Gao, Charlie 41

2.4 National Identity in a Diverse Society Peter Skilling Skilling, Peter 54

2.5 Politics of Biculturalism Katherine Smits Smits, Katherine 66

2.6 Ideology, Populism and Pragmatism Pat Moloney Moloney, Pat 77


3.1 Towards a Written Constitution? Bruce V. Harris Harris, Bruce V. 91

3.2 The Treaty and the Constitution Janine Hayward Hayward, Janine 105

3.3 An Independent Judiciary? Andrew P. Stockley Stockley, Andrew P. 114

3.4 Monarchy or Republic? Raymond Miller Miller, Raymond 130

3.5 Reforming Parliament Margaret Wilson Wilson, Margaret 145

3.6 Role of an MP Raymond Miller Miller, Raymond 156

3.7 Future of the MMP Electoral System Pierce Lane Lane, Pierce 168


4.1 Cabinet Elizabeth McLeay McLeay, Elizabeth 187

4.2 Dynamics of Government Formation Jonathan Boston Boston, Jonathan 206

4.3 Leadership and the Prime Minister Margaret Hayward Hayward, Margaret 226

4.4 Bureaucrats, Advisers and Consultants Richard Shaw Shaw, Richard 243

4.5 Conscience Voting: Who Decides? David Lindsey Lindsey, David 255

4.6 Strengthening Local Government Christine Cheyne Cheyne, Christine 269


5.1 How Voters Decide Jeffrey A. Karp Karp, Jeffrey A. 287

5.2 Parties, Voters and the Media Chris Rudd Rudd, Chris 302

5.3 Digital Campaigning Edwin de Ronde de Ronde, Edwin 312

5.4 Debating Election Finance Reform Andrew Geddis Geddis, Andrew 326

5.5 The General Election of 2008 Nigel S. Roberts Roberts, Nigel S. 339

5.6 The 2008 Election: The Issues Alexander C. Tan Tan, Alexander C. 354

5.7 The 2008 Election: Why National Won Jack Vowles Vowles, Jack 365


6.1 Democracy, the Public and the Media Geoff Kemp Kemp, Geoff 385

6.2 Who Owns the Media? Gavin Ellis Ellis, Gavin 399

6.3 Political Mediators Joe Atkinson Atkinson, Joe 413

6.4 New Media and Democracy Luke Goode Goode, Luke 431

6.5 Student Media Matt Mollgaard Mollgaard, Matt 444


7.0 Parties 459

7.1 Changing Party System Raymond Miller Miller, Raymond 460

7.2 Labour Peter Aimer Aimer, Peter 474

7.3 National Colin James James, Colin 486

7.4 Greens John Wilson Wilson, John 497

7.5 Maori Party Kaapua Smith Smith, Kaapua 509

7.6 Minor Parties Bryce Edwards Edwards, Bryce 522

8.0 Participation 537

8.1 Maori Participation Ann Sullivan Sullivan, Ann 538

8.2 Asian Participation Shee-Jeong Park Park, Shee-Jeong 548

8.3 Youth Participation Jennifer Curtin Curtin, Jennifer 559

8.4 Decision-making by Referendum John Parkinson Parkinson, John 571

8.5 Social Movements and Activism Anita Lacey Lacey, Anita 585

8.6 Interest Groups Tim Tenbensel Tenbensel, Tim 596

8.7 Participating in Agenda Setting Phillipa Norman Norman, Phillipa 606

Index 618

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