Voters’ Victory: New Zealand’s First Election under Proportional Representation

Edited by Jack Vowles, Peter Aimer, Susan Banducci & Jeffrey Karp

‘. . . there is no doubt that Vowles is the most creative and insightful political statistician in this country. His polling work in 1996, for example, was scarily accurate.’ – Chris Trotter, Waikato Times


Voters’ Victory completes a triad of studies charting New Zealand’s shift to a new MMP electoral system.

This volume is the story of the first MMP election in 1996 and asks the question: is MMP beginning to deliver what its advocates hoped? The research for the text used two different multi-stage panels and featured a post-election postal survey of over 2000 electors, and a similar survey of election candidates from those parties securing parliamentary representation; a study based on daily telephone interviews throughout the 1996 election campaign; and post-election re-interviews.



Jack Vowles is a professor and Peter Aimer is an honorary research fellow/lecturer in the Political Studies Department of The University of Auckland. Susan Banducci and Jeffrey Karp are researchers at Texas Tech University.


Winner Wallace Award for best book on New Zealand electoral matters 1998


December 1998, 235 x 145 mm, 280 pages, Illustrations. O/S in New Zealand
Paperback, ISBN 9781869401801, $49.99