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The Māori economy, old and new, Gyles Beckford

Heke Tangata: Māori in Markets and Cities Brian Easton for Te Whanau o Waipareira Oratia Books, $30.00, ISBN 9780947506438 In late 1984, a small group of Māori politicians, public servants and their helpers, invented an iwi to welcome hundreds of…
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Dangerous confusion, Tim Hazledine

The Fire Economy: New Zealand’s Reckoning  Jane Kelsey Bridget Williams Books, $50.00, ISBN 9781927247839 “Imagine,” said the great physicist Richard Feynman, “how much harder physics would be if electrons had emotions!” Harder still, if not just emotions but consciousness, memory…
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The undemocratic free market, Bryan Gould

Beyond the Free Market: Rebuilding a Just Society in New Zealand David Cooke, Claire Hill, Pat Baskett and Ruth Irwin (eds) Dunmore Press, $30.00, ISBN 9711927212189 In the opening essay of this impressive collection, Nicky Hager identifies 1993 as the…
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Lifting the lid, Colin Peacock

Dirty Politics: How Attack Politics is Poisoning New Zealand’s Political Environment Nicky Hager Craig Potton Publishing, $35.00, ISBN 9781927213360 The Catch: How Fishing Companies Reinvented Slavery and Plunder the Oceans Michael Field Awa Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781927249024   “Laws are…
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Town and country, Brian Easton

Growing Apart: Regional Prosperity in New Zealand Shamubeel Eaqub Bridget Williams Books, $15.00, ISBN 9781927277614 When the Farm Gates Opened: The Impact of Rogernomics on Rural New Zealand Neal Wallace Otago University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781877578724 In the last hundred…
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Perched precariously on the edge, Ramesh Thakur

Tigers in New Zealand? The Role of Asian Investment in the Economy R D Cremer and B Ramasamy Institute of Policy Studies and Asia 200 Foundation, $18.00, ISBN 0 908935 03 x New Zealand and ASEAN: The Strategic and Economic…
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Popper, Plato and profits, Rodney Hide

The Commercialisation of New Zealand Brian Easton Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 86940 173 5 Reining in the Dinosaur: The Story Behind the Remarkable Turnaround of New Zealand Post Vivienne Smith New Zealand Post, $24.95, ISBN 0 473 04389…
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Mucking around in the swamp, Ralph Lattimore

International Trade and Competition Policy: CER, APEC and the WTO  Kerrin Vautier and Peter Lloyd Institute of Policy Studies, $30.00, ISBN 0 908935 18 8 For those who find it difficult to keep hold of the threads in discussions of…
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Did the reforms work? Yes and no Paul Dalziel

A Study of Economic Reform: The Case of New Zealand eds Brian Silverstone, Alan Bollard and Ralph Lattimore Elsevier North-Holland, $US145.25, ISBN 0 444 81985 1 Between 14 July 1984 (when the electorate decisively rejected Sir Robert Muldoon’s approach to…
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Low rating, Brian Gaynor

Bulls, Bears and Elephants: A History of the New Zealand Stock Exchange David Grant Victoria University Press, $69.95, ISBN 0 86473 308 9 The stock exchange is an enigma to many. The organisation has a popular image as a wealthy…
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