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The Strong New Zealand Democratic Tradition and the 'Great Public Meeting' of 1850 in Nelson

New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law, Forthcoming

Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper Series Palmer Paper No. 6

23 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2013 Last revised: 22 Feb 2015

Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Date Written: August 29, 2013

Abstract

This paper delves into Nelson political developments in the nineteenth century, particularly at the time of Provincial Government. It examines how the robust nature of New Zealand's commitment to democracy was a tradition that developed early, and analyses the political views and philosophies of emerging democratic theory articulated at the 1850 Nelson meeting.

This paper was presented at the New Zealand Centre for Public Law conference 'Unearthing New Zealand’s Constitutional Traditions' in August 2013.

Keywords: New Zealand, constitutional traditions, Nelson, New Zealand political developments, Provincial Government

JEL Classification: K39

Suggested Citation

Palmer QC, Sir Geoffrey, The Strong New Zealand Democratic Tradition and the 'Great Public Meeting' of 1850 in Nelson (August 29, 2013). New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law, Forthcoming; Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper Series Palmer Paper No. 6. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2339801 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2339801

Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

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