New Zealand Adopts Proportional Representation: Accident? Design? Evolution?, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

New Zealand Adopts Proportional Representation

Accident? Design? Evolution?, 1st Edition

By Keith Jackson, Alan McRobie

Routledge

366 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9780367024277
pub: 2020-05-01
Available for pre-order. Item will ship after 1st May 2020
$45.00
x
Hardback: 9780367024260
pub: 2019-02-28
$135.00
x
eBook (VitalSource) : 9780429399695
pub: 2019-04-26
from $22.50


FREE Standard Shipping!

Description

First published in 1998, this volume is based upon the files of the Royal Commission on the Electoral System plus extensive interviews with the Commissioners, cabinet ministers, MPs and officials, as well as leaders of the principal pressure groups. It seeks to place this highly important change in context, reviewing both the long-term trends and shorter term considerations which led to the adoption of MMP, as well as the immediate consequences It is an axiom of political science that whatever promises political parties may make about electoral reform, as governments they do not kick away the ladder that brought them to power.

This book seeks to discover how and why that axiom was disregarded in New Zealand, and, above all, how a reputedly conservative party was ultimately responsible for the change. It provides an object lesson in both how, and how not to change an electoral system and should be of particular interest in countries with simple plurality electoral systems.

Table of Contents

1. The Setting: Constitutional Evolution. 2. Early Electoral Experiments. 3. Labour Party Policy and Proportional Representation. 4. The National Party and Constitutional Reform. 5. The Royal Commission: Recommendations and Consequences. 6. Political Obfuscation. 7. The Campaign for Electoral Reform. 8. The Maori Dimension. 9. The People Decide: The 1992 and 1993 Electoral Referendums. 10. The Transition to MMP. 11. Consequences and Causes.

About the Authors

Keith Jackson, Alan McRobie

About the Series

Routledge Revivals

Are there elusive titles that you need and have been trying to source for years but thought that you would never be able to find?

Well this may be the end of your quest – here is a fantastic opportunity for you to discover past brilliance and purchase previously out of print and unavailable titles by some of the world’s most eminent academic scholars.

Drawing from over 100 years of innovative, cutting-edge publishing, Routledge Revivals is an exciting programme whereby key titles from the distinguished and extensive backlist of the many acclaimed imprints associated with Routledge will be re-issued.

The programme draws upon the illustrious backlists of Kegan Paul, Trench & Trubner, Routledge & Kegan Paul, Methuen, Allen & Unwin and Routledge itself.

Routledge Revivals spans the whole of the Humanities and Social Sciences, and includes works by some of the world’s greatest thinkers including Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Simone Weil, Martin Buber, Karl Jaspers and Max Beloff.

If you are interested in Revivals in the Behavioral Sciences, please visit https://www.routledge.com/series/PSYREVIVALS

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
SOC000000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General