Muldoon and the Constitution
Margaret Clark (ed) 'Muldoon Revisited' (Dunmore Press, Palmerston North, 2004)
49 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2013 Last revised: 23 Feb 2015
Date Written: 2004
This paper discusses the impact that Muldoon had on the New Zealand constitution. It explains the New Zealand unwritten constitution and considers how Muldoon's behaviour cannot be described as 'unconstitutional' in the same way that a United States politician could be so described. It evaluates Muldoon's political style, use of power, conduct of Parliament and reversal of court decisions, but also recognises Muldoon's positive impacts upon the New Zealand constitution that were achieved through the implementation of the Official Information Act 1981.
Keywords: Muldoon, New Zealand constitution
JEL Classification: K49
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