Faculty of Arts
New Zealand Parties, Leaders and Elections
Focuses on three closely linked areas of New Zealand politics: the changing party system, political leadership and voters and elections. Labour and National will be the subject of close attention, together with the most prominent minor parties: Greens, Māori Party, ACT and New Zealand First. Discussion topics include what the parties believe, the functions of members and activists, the growing importance of leadership, the role of the media in campaigns and the main features of voting behaviour, especially why voters of the 1990s were changing their party choices in the 2000s. Finally, the course will consider the structure and performance of the Key government and speculate about the future shape and size of the party system. Guest speakers in 2012 will include politicians, party strategists and organisers.
Coordinator(s) Professor Raymond Miller
R. Miller, Party Politics in New Zealand, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2005.
Coursework + exam
POLITICS 352: 15.0 points
30 points at Stage II in Political Studies