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Articulating an alternative, Julienne Molineaux

Government for the Public Good: The Surprising Science of Large-scale Collective Action  Max Rashbrooke Bridget Williams Books, $50.00, ISBN 9781988545080 This is an optimistic book that aims to re-set the narrative on collective action and, in particular, how we discuss…
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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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Demolishing the doctrinaire delusion, Marilyn Waring

Reclaiming The Future: New Zealand and the Global Economy Jane Kelsey Bridget Williams Books, $39.95, ISBN 1 877 242 012 Reclaiming the Future is Jane Kelsey’s fourth book in a decade of prolific publication: A Question of Honour in 1990,…
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An eye on the ball, Graham Mourie

Rights of Passage: Beyond the New Zealand Identity Crisis Chris Laidlaw Hodder Moa  Beckett, $29.95, ISBN 1 86958 723 5 Chris Laidlaw was a quality All Black in the late 1960s, who achieved prominence by firing a Parthian shot at…
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From visionaries to pygmies, Colin James

Politics and economics Coming into the 20th century, the battle for the future was between socialists and triumphalist trumpeters of a “bigger and better Britain” here at the end of the world. The route out is likely to be along…
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The gutting of New Zealand, Paul Dalziel

Only Their Purpose is Mad Bruce Jesson Dunmore Press, $27.95, ISBN 0 86469 343 5 Written during the horror of the early 1940s, Karl Polanyi’s famous book The Great Transformation sought to explain why nearly 100 years of relative liberalism…
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