Party Politics In New Zealand

Paperback | February 17, 2005

byRaymond Miller

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It is widely accepted that representative government is party government, and that political parties are the vital link between citizen and the state. In light of the recent history of political reform in New Zealand, it is imperative that the role and influence of parties and the party systembe rigorously reassessed. Party Politics in New Zealand is concerned with the external and internal worlds of party politics in New Zealand. It is organised around two central themes. The first explores the reconfiguration of the two-party system into a multiparty one in which up to seven or eightparties regularly win parlimentary seats and coalitions are the standard form of government. The second delves inside the parties to consider the issue of political participation. In Party Politics in New Zealand, Raymond Miller thematically investigates a number of issues that long have long concerned scholars, dividing chapters by topic, rather than by party, making the book appealing to students.

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It is widely accepted that representative government is party government, and that political parties are the vital link between citizen and the state. In light of the recent history of political reform in New Zealand, it is imperative that the role and influence of parties and the party systembe rigorously reassessed. Party Politics in...

Raymond Miller is at University of Auckland.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.02 × 6.02 × 0.63 inPublished:February 17, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195584139

ISBN - 13:9780195584134

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction1. Thinking About Participation and the Party SystemPart 2: The Party System2. Development of the Party System3. Paty System Under Proportional RepresentationPart 3: How Parties Organize4. Models of Party Organization5. Members, Activists and Funding6. Selecting Candidates7. Choosing and Assessing LeadersPart 4: How Parties Compete8. Ideology and Policy9. Who are the Representatives?10. The Modern Campaign11. Parties in PowerPart 5: Conclusion12. Future of Participation and the Party System