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Continuity and Change in the New Zealand Parliament

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posted on 2021-11-08, 01:14 authored by Halligan, John

Few legislatures in the world can claim a continuous existence as long as that of the New Zealand House of Representatives. The basic forms and procedures inherited from the House of Commons in the middle of last centure have persisted until the present. Formal changes to the rules have occurred intermittently during its history although the content of its work has altered. Because of the centrality of the House to the parliamentary system of government and its adaptability to the needs of successive generations of politicians, it has continued to play an important role in the political system.


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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Political Science

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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Doctor of Philosophy

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Victoria University of Wellington School

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Roberts, John; Robinson, Alan