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At a crossroads, Max Harris

Unquiet Time: Aotearoa/New Zealand in a Fast-changing World Colin James Fraser Books, $39.50, ISBN 9780994136015 Last year, Colin James published his final weekly column with the Otago Daily Times, after over 50 years of work as a journalist. In a…
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Bovver boys

What they wrote A taste of contributor comments over our first 20 years   On New Zealand Books My hope is that New Zealand Books will provide a forum for frank discussion that dares to rise above the suffocating confines…
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Yes, Minister, Bob Gregory

The Tie That Binds: The Relationship Between Ministers and Chief Executives Colin James Institute of Policy Studies and the New Zealand Centre for Public Law, Victoria University of Wellington, $25.00, ISBN 0908935676 Public service reform was not a major election…
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The House that we built, Colin James

The House: New Zealand’s House of Representatives 1854-2004 John E Martin Dunmore Press, $59.95, ISBN 0864694636 Parliament is a brutal place. Only the idealistic, the ideological, the hard-nosed and the ruthless gather there. No person is inviolate, no secret safe,…
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Steady as she goes, Colin James

Holyoake’s Lieutenants ed Margaret Clark Dunmore Press, $29.95, ISBN 8864694369 I came across Norm Shelton a day or two after Jack Marshall sacked him in February 1972 at the end of the Holyoake era. He had a pile of complimentary…
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Independence and after, Colin James

“Nothing is more important to a country,” one-time Australian Treasurer and Prime Minister Paul Keating told the Knowledge Wave conference in August, “than the way it thinks about itself.” Right now, this country, barely a nation, thinks it is small,…
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The federation game, Colin James

Waltzing with Matilda: Should New Zealand join Australia? Bob Catley Dark Horse Publishing, $29.95, ISBN 0958214611 A chilling graph presented to Auckland business leaders on 14 May undermines Bob Catley’s thesis. Auckland, the graph showed, lost 3.4% in GDP per…
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Roads to nowhere? Ruth Butterworth

Building the Constitution ed Colin James Institute of Policy Studies, $45, ISBN 090893548X Some time in 1997, with the prolonged aftermath of the first MMP election still agitating the establishment and mightily diverting the rest of us, the idea gained…
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Editorial — Issue 31

Changing of the guard Independence, Colin James More than Rogernomics, the recovery of the treaty and the other momentous policy changes, the 1980s was the decade of independence. In that decade the people who make up New Zealand found a…
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Pluralism rules, OK? Colin James

New Zealand Politics in Transition Ed Raymond Miller Oxford University Press, $49.95, ISBN 0 19 558339 6 Politics in New Zealand, 2ed  Richard Mulgan Auckland University Press, $34.95, ISBN 1 86940 171 9 Beyond the Two Party System. Political Representation,…
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