Faculty of Arts


POLITICS 352

New Zealand Parties, Leaders and Elections


Description

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.

Availability 2012

Semester 2

Lecturer(s)

Coordinator(s) Professor Raymond Miller

Reading/Texts

R. Miller, Party Politics in New Zealand, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2005.

Assessment

Coursework + exam

Points

POLITICS 352: 15.0 points

Prerequisites

30 points at Stage II in Political Studies

Restrictions

POLITICS 232


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