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Changing times, David Grant

>The New Zealand Labour Party 1916–2016
Peter Franks and Jim McAloon
Victoria University Press, $50.00,
ISBN 9781776560745

Researching a history of conservative political parties in New Zealand would be relatively straight-forward. The Reform/National Parties have, from their early beginnings to the present day, varied little ideologically – from centrist, to centre-right, to right – leaving the “far-right” tag essentially to those on that fringe, such as the Democrats in the 1930s, and ACT in more recent years. The same cannot be said of the New Zealand Labour Party, which veered from doctrinaire socialism under its first leader Harry Holland to, at the other extreme, unabashed neo-liberalism under David Lange (but led essentially by Roger Douglas) in the mid-to-late 1980s.

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A corroded utopia, Don Aimer

Unions in Common Cause: The New Zealand Federation of Labour 1937-88 Peter Franks and Melanie Nolan (eds) Steele Roberts, $39.99, ISBN 9781877577338   Reconstructing New Zealand’s Labour Law: Consensus or Divergence Gordon Anderson Victoria University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9780864736574  

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Uppercase craftsmen, Don Aimer

Print and Politics: a History of Trade Unions in the New Zealand Printing Industry 1865-1995 Peter Franks Victoria University Press, $49.95, ISBN 0864734158 I once heard a freezing worker talking about his healthy hatred of the boss and another say

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