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Placing the monarchy, Stephen Levine

This Realm of New Zealand: The Sovereign, the Governor-General, the Crown
Alison Quentin-Baxter and Janet McLean
Auckland University Press, $65.00,
ISBN 9781869408756

To say that this book adds considerably to the literature about the monarchy in New Zealand would be an understatement. For those interested in the position of the Queen (and her successors) with respect to New Zealand, as well as in possible alternatives, this is an indispensable work. Produced by two distinguished scholars – Janet McLean is a professor of law at the University of Auckland; Dame Alison Quentin-Baxter has had a long career, contributing her expertise to constitutional developments in New Zealand as well as overseas – the book introduces a wealth of information not only about the role of the monarch but also about her/his representative (from 1841 the Governor; since 1917 the Governor-General), a position of significance in its own right. 

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Stodge, serious analysis and spicy bits, Bryan Gould

Moments of Truth: The New Zealand General Election of 2014 Jon Johansson and Stephen Levine (eds) Victoria University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9781776560493 The 2014 general election campaign was, on the face of it, one of the most dramatic of modern

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MMP here to stay, Barry Gustafson

Kicking the Tyres: The New Zealand General Election and Electoral Referendum of 2011 Jon Johansson and Stephen Levine (eds) Victoria University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9780864738349 Since 1987, New Zealand’s political scientists and journalists have recorded and analysed the country’s triennial

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The impudent what-if, Geoff Cush

New Zealand as it Might Have Been Stephen Levine (ed) Victoria University Press, $35.00, ISBN 0864735456 “Counterfactual” is the term preferred by the 15 writers here, who are mostly historians or political scientists, and mostly based at Victoria University of

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Muldoon and after, Barry Gustafson

From Muldoon to Lange: New Zealand Elections in the 1980s Stephen Levine and Alan McRobie MC Enterprises, $39.95, ISBN 0959771530 For almost thirty years from 1960, Professor Robert Chapman systematically studied New Zealand’s election campaigns and their outcomes. Since 1990,

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Electoral debrief, Ruth Laugesen

Left Turn: The New Zealand General Election of 1999 ed Jonathan Boston, Stephen Church, Stephen Levine, Elizabeth McLeay & Nigel S Roberts Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0864734042 Up the hill from Parliament, a clutch of Victoria University’s political scientists

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Dampening expectations, John Henderson

New Zealand Under MMP: A New Politics?  Jonathan Boston, Stephen Levine, Elizabeth McLeay, Nigel Roberts Auckland University Press/Bridget Williams Books, $34.95 ISBN 1869401387 For the next few years New Zealand will be a fascinating social laboratory for political scientists interested

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Not McCarthy, Stephen Levine

Winston First: The unauthorised account of Winston Peters’ career Martin Hames Random House, $29.95 ISBN 186941 2575 A Whitcoulls shopping guide giving front-page billing to Ruth Richardson’s Making A Difference perhaps inadvertently placed it right alongside a book titled The

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Digging through the permafrost, Stephen Levine

Season of Discontent: By-elections and the Bolger Government Raymond Miller and Helena Catt, Dunmore Publishing, 1993, $29.95 The “season of discontent” to which this book refers began within weeks of National’s victory in October 1990. When the Bolger Government found

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