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)

Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper

242 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2017 Last revised: 1 Feb 2017

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Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 1992

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Palmer QC, Sir Geoffrey, New Zealand's Constitution in Crisis: Reforming Our Political System (1992). Chapter 1 in, New Zealand's Constitution in Crisis-Reforming Our Political System, Dunedin, N.Z.: McIndoe (1992); Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2903374

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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