Voters Vengeance

Author: Peter Aimer
Publisher: Auckland University Press
ISBN: 1775582310
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The 1990 election in New Zealand produced the biggest landslide in 50 years, and Voters’ Vengeance uses comprehensive survey research to explore why New Zealand voters reacted in this way. The answers to over 2000 questionnaires allow the sophisticated analysis of voter behaviour. The authors discuss the increasing volatility of New Zealand politics, the shifts in party commitment, reactions to Rogernomics and other Labour policies, the growth of third-party support, and leadership issues such as the environment, defence and the role of women. Tables, graphs and figures are an essential aspect of the study and they are carefully and clearly presented to show the changing character of New Zealand political opinion.

New Zealand Under MMP

Author: Jonathan Boston
Publisher: Auckland University Press
ISBN: 9781869401382
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In a controversial move recently, New Zealanders voted to introduce a new electoral system known as mixed member proportional (MMP). In 1996 the first election will be held under this system. Supporters of MMP claim that it will reduce the power of the cabinet, enhance the role and influence of Parliament, increase public consultation, more accurately represent the people's political preferences, and end the old adversarial style of politics. Critics, however, fear that it will create political uncertainty, governmental instability, policy paralysis and economic stagnation. New Zealand Under MMP assesses the long-term impact of these changes on New Zealand's political system. The authors consider how the party system could evolve, how governments will be formed, and what differences can be expected in the roles of cabinet and Parliament. Attention is also given to the implications of MMP for key groups of voters, as well as the consequences for the public service, pressure groups, and policymaking.

Voters Veto

Author: Jack Vowles
Publisher: Auckland University Press
ISBN: 9781869403096
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Studies the 2002 New Zealand election campaign including candidates, media, issues, leaders, electoral system and social background.

Politics in New Zealand

Author: R. G. Mulgan
Publisher: Auckland University Press
ISBN: 9781869403188
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This revised edition of a classic introduction to the New Zealand political, constitutional, and electoral system covers recent elections and the constitutional and legal changes that have attracted the attention of the international community. Using a pluralist theory of the state, it describes the history and practice of New Zealand government. Political parties and special-interest groups, the governmental hierarchy, and the public sector are discussed with information on how these different influences affect the political scene. The historical perspective provided offers a vision of the evolutionary nature of New Zealand politics and the interactions that drive changes.

Electoral Behaviour in New Zealand

Author: Martin Holland
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
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This is the first book to define the current status of electoral studies in New Zealand. It canvasses various approaches that have been used to explain voting, illustrating the theoretical complexities involved. While studies of electoral behaviour have been a predominant concern since the early 1960s, much of the early research was descriptive rather than quantitative. Recent research--which is covered here--has turned its attention to the individual motivations behind voting, and the contributors to the volume are New Zealand's leading quantitative analysts.

A Bark But No Bite

Author: Jack Vowles
Publisher: ANU Press
ISBN: 1760461369
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Based on New Zealand Election Study (NZES) data from a sample of 2,830 eligible voters, A Bark But No Bite explores a puzzle. While there was a lot of talk about inequality before the 2014 general election in New Zealand, and during the campaign, concern about inequality appeared to have no tangible effect on the election outcome. This book shows that, by its attention to the concerns of middle ground voters, the National Government had reduced the potential of policy differences to drive voter choices. Perceptions of competence and effective leadership were National’s strongest suit, crowding out voter concerns over matters of policy. When voters did consider policy, inequality and related concerns were second to the economy. Traditional priorities about health and education, and perceptions of party differences on these matters, had faded into the background. Meanwhile, voters doubted the opposition Labour Party’s ability to govern effectively in an alternative coalition to that of the National-led government. Labour’s policies were too many. In various ways, they would have chipped away at inequality, but lacked a coherent narrative and presentation. This book confirms that Labour’s proposal to increase the age for receipt of New Zealand superannuation gained Labour no new votes. Hopes that the ‘missing million’ people who failed to turn out to vote in 2011 would vote in 2014 and give an advantage to the left were unfulfilled. A comprehensive study of the 2014 election, this book provides a detailed account of all these findings, and a host of others.

Australia and New Zealand

Author: Hugh Vincent Emy
Publisher: Dartmouth Publishing Company
ISBN: 9781855219083
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Australia and New Zealand are two societies in the throes of change whose political systems are undergoing metamorphosis. The articles in this volume have a contemporary focus, illustrating ways in which both countries have changed or are changing, and the implications for research and analysis.

The Cabinet and Political Power in New Zealand

Author: Elizabeth M. McLeay
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
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Despite its obviously central importance, the New Zealand cabinet has failed to attract the attention it deserves. This book studies the nature of cabinet power in the light of New Zealand's constitutional arrangements, the party system, the post-1984 restructuring of the public and state sectors, economic change, relationships between groups and ministers, and the changes to be expected after the introduction of proportional representation. It examines the ways in which the dramatic changes undergone by New Zealand in the last decade have affected the nature of cabinet itself. The book is based on original research over many years including in-depth interviews with ministers in the early 1970s and again in the 1990s.