New Zealand Politics in Transition

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This collection provides a timely assessment of New Zealand politics in the aftermath of the 1996 election, the first under a proportional electoral system. As well as offering an early analysis of the results of the election, the book explains how electoral reform will impact the various aspects of the political system.
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Overview


This collection provides a timely assessment of New Zealand politics in the aftermath of the 1996 election, the first under a proportional electoral system. As well as offering an early analysis of the results of the election, the book explains how electoral reform will impact the various aspects of the political system.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780195583397
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/9/1997
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. 1 The Evolving Political Systems 1
1.1 New Zealand Politics 1945-1984 3
1.2 The Policy Revolution 1984-1993 13
1.3 MMP: The Decision 25
1.4 Preparing for MMP: 1993-1996 37
Pt. 2 The Institutions 49
2.1 The Head of State: The Crown, the Queen and the Governor-General 51
2.2 Parliament: Composition and Functions 62
2.3 The Prime Minister 72
2.4 Cabinet 81
2.5 Coalition Formation 94
2.6 Advisers and Bureaucrats 108
2.7 Local Government 117
2.8 Civil Liberty and Democracy 125
Pt. 3 The Parties 135
3.1 The National Party 137
3.2 The Labour Party 147
3.3 The Alliance 156
3.4 The New Zealand First Party 165
3.5 The Minor Parties 177
3.6 The Future of the Party System 186
Pt. 4 Elections and the Media 197
4.1 Voters and Elections 199
4.2 The Electoral Commission 212
4.3 The 1996 General Election 223
4.4 The Media and MMP 234
Pt. 5 Public Policy 245
5.1 The Nature of Public Policy 247
5.2 The Welfare State 256
5.3 Health Policy 268
5.4 Employment Policy 277
5.5 Environmental Policy 287
5.6 Foreign Policy 296
5.7 Policy-making Under MMP 306
Pt. 6 Theories of the State 315
6.1 Pluralist Theories of the State 317
6.2 Feminism 328
6.3 Neo-liberalism 341
6.4 Marxism 350
Pt. 7 Maori Politics 359
7.1 Maori Politics and Government Policies 361
7.2 Mana Maori Motuhake: The State of the Maori Nation 372
7.3 The Waitangi Tribunal 1984-1996 386
Pt. 8 Inequality and Power 395
8.1 Representation 397
8.2 Public Participation 408
8.3 Women and Politics 418
8.4 Business and Politics 428
Appendix 437
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