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Surprise, surprise: the New Zealand general election of 2017

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posted on 2022-08-30, 02:08 authored by Jack VowlesJack Vowles
This article analyses the 2017 general election in New Zealand and draws out some of its implications. The final outcome was a surprise, and its implications momentous. Events strengthened Labour under a new leader and weakened the Green and New Zealand First parties, making it possible for Labour to become a viable coalition formateur. Comparing campaign public polling results, at least some of the polls were ‘wrong’, but all added to the excitement and uncertainty. Coupled with a new Labour Party leader, that uncertainty and excitement had mobilising effects that affected the young, but not the old. Finally, this article analyses the changes to the party system, nation-wide, and in the Māori electorates, assessing the degree of two-party dominance, and draws out implications for debates about the threshold for representation.

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Vowles, J. (2018). Surprise, surprise: the New Zealand general election of 2017. Kotuitui, 13(2), 147-160. https://doi.org/10.1080/1177083X.2018.1443472

Journal title

Kotuitui

Volume

13

Issue

2

Publication date

2018-07-03

Pagination

147-160

Publisher

Informa UK Limited

Publication status

Published

Online publication date

2018-03-07

ISSN

1177-083X

eISSN

1177-083X

Language

en

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