Politics in New Zealand (Third edition)

Richard Mulgan, updated by Peter Aimer

‘. . . clear, comprehensive and, unlike some of its competitors, a pleasure to read.’ – Jack Shallcrass, Evening Post


Politics in New Zealand is an excellent introduction to the study of New Zealand politics, by a well-known and respected political scientist, that has been reprinted and revised repeatedly since 1994.

This updated edition was designed to incorporate the major changes that have occurred to the New Zealand political system between 1997 and 2003, including the continuing adjustment to MMP and the return of Labour to power in 1999. The updating was orchestrated to retain the book’s original virtues – there is still one voice throughout, hence the book remains lucid and very accessible to the target audience of undergraduates.



Richard Mulgan is a former professor at Otago and Auckland universities and now divides his time between the Waitangi Tribunal and Newcastle, Australia. He is the author of a number of important books on New Zealand politics. He was a member of the Royal Commission on the Electoral System which recommended MMP.

Peter Aimer, Political Studies, University of Auckland, is a leading member of the team which has been publishing groundbreaking studies of New Zealand elections since 1990 and is also the author of a history of NAC.


April 2004, 214 x 140 mm, 352 pages, illustrations
Hardback, ISBN 9781869403188, $45