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The process of voting on our voting process

By Danielle van Dalen


Last week, Justice Minister Andrew Little flagged the possibility of having an MMP referendum at the 2020 election to reconsider…

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Press column: Why populist politicians favour the dangerous appeal of referendums

Press column: Why populist politicians favour the dangerous appeal of referendums

By Alex Penk


Read Alex’s latest column in the Christchurch Press:  Why populist politicians favour the dangerous appeal of referendums “In the vast…

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The dangerous appeal of binding referendums

By Alex Penk


“Actually, when you drill into it, there are some big reasons to think twice before embracing binding referendums.” Click here…

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No Bregrets

By Kieran Madden


As the market dived and the pound sterling plummeted to a thirty-year lows following Brexit, deep despair and outrage reigned….

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Protesting democracy

Protesting democracy


It’s been an odd week. With Britain’s 52% vote to leave the EU shocking the pollsters, news websites and social…

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The reason more important than the change

By Alex Penk


At the height of the Boer War, New Zealanders celebrated the heroism and abilities of our troopers. There was an…

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What’s wrong with binding referendums?

What’s wrong with binding referendums?

By Jeremy Vargo


In July, Colin Craig stated that the introduction of binding citizen’s initiated referendums (BCIR) would be a bottom line for…

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Bound to fail

Bound to fail

By Alex Penk


Imagine you’re in hospital, waiting for surgery. The surgeon walks over, and you realise they’re holding a butter knife, not…

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Kicking the tyres: Choosing a voting system for New Zealand

Kicking the tyres: Choosing a voting system for New Zealand

By Steve Thomas


At the 2011 election in November, voters will get the chance to vote in a referendum on whether New Zealand…

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A Government for the People: The value of representative democracy

A Government for the People: The value of representative democracy

By Research Fellow


It is common to think that direct democracy is what democracy should be. On this view, democracy in its true…

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