New Zealand's Constitution in Crisis: Reforming Our Political System
Chapter 1 in, New Zealand's Constitution in Crisis-Reforming Our Political System, Dunedin, N.Z.: McIndoe (1992)
242 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2017 Last revised: 1 Feb 2017
Date Written: 1992
This book was published in 1992 before the first referendum on the introduction of a new electoral system in New Zealand, based on a mixed-member proportional system similar to that of Germany. That system had been recommended by a Royal Commission in 1986.The author had been the Minister responsible for appointing the Royal Commission on electoral law and having retired from politics in 1990 wrote the book in an attempt the support the adoption of the new system. The new system was adopted. The details are contained in the Electoral Act 1993. The book deploys the author’s experience in politics to support arguments for changing the system. It deals with the nature of New Zealand’s public and constitutional law, the issues relating to the New Zealand’s indigenous Māori, reform of Parliament, the law on political parties, the position of the Prime Minister in the New Zealand constitution, electoral reform and the role of the media.
Keywords: Mixed-member proportional system, New Zealand, electoral reform, democracy
JEL Classification: K00, K10, K14, K40
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