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The House : New Zealand's House of Representatives, 1854-2004

Author: John E Martin; New Zealand. Parliamentary Service.; New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. History Group.
Publisher: Palmerston North, N.Z. : Dunmore Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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New Zealand's House of Representatives celebrated its 150th anniversary May 24, 2004. This history provides an account of the institution and its practices, the ferment and drama of politics and the colourful personalities who contributed to the culture of the House. The story moves from the assumption of responsible government in the 1850s to the political struggle the House had with the Governor and with the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John E Martin; New Zealand. Parliamentary Service.; New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. History Group.
ISBN: 0864694636 9780864694638
OCLC Number: 56324896
Notes: "Published ... in association with Parliamentary Service, Office of the Clerk and the History Group, Ministry for Culture and Heritage"--T.p. verso.
Description: 390 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
Contents: Shaky beginnings, 1854-56 --
Establishing the foundations, 1858-75 --
Political realignment, retrenchment and depression, 1876-90 --
From free-lance to disciplined private: the single party in the House, 1891-1912 --
Escaping the 'trammels of the past': organised party government, 1913-35 --
The consolidation of two-party government and Parliament, 1936-49 --
Reform, efficiency and accountabilities. 1950-69 --
Executive and Parliament: the balance at issue, 1970-84 --
Redressing the balance: institutional reform and MMP, 1985-2003.
Responsibility: John E. Martin.

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New Zealand's House of Representatives celebrated its 150th anniversary May 24, 2004. This history provides an account of the institution and its practices, the ferment and drama of politics and the colourful personalities who contributed to the culture of the House. The story moves from the assumption of responsible government in the 1850s to the political struggle the House had with the Governor and with the Legislative Council. It looks at the impact of the extension of the franchise, burgeoning popular participation in politics, the formation of political parties and the reign of two-party politics in the twentieth century. The radical changes of the last two decades with the adoption of MMP are covered in depth; they represent a fundamental shift in the balance of executive government and Parliament which is a central theme of the book.

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