Political Leadership in New Zealand

Edited by Raymond Miller & Michael Mintrom

Political Leadership in New Zealand represents an ever-growing realization that political leadership is a crucial tool for leading societal change, for resolving uncertainty and our many policy dilemmas, as well as for educating people about the nature of their present and future choices . . . . an important contribution to our increasing body of leadership studies.’ – Jon Johansson, NZ Books


A comprehensive analysis of the role and influence of political leadership in New Zealand, Political Leadership in New Zealand discusses this topical issue from a variety of valuable perspectives.

More than simple studies of various leaders, chapters cover leadership and national identity; leadership in response to globalisation; leadership in New Zealand foreign policy; the populist tradition of leadership; how to adapt traditional, adversarial leadership styles to MMP; Māori conceptions of political ‘chieftainship’; emerging leadership of new immigrant groups; and the role of the media in reflecting and controlling the public views of leaders. Portraits of the minor-party leaders, such as Winston Peters, Jim Anderton and Peter Dunne are included, as is a fascinating comparison between the leadership styles of Helen Clark and Don Brash.

Leadership is a subject of growing interest especially since the advent of MMP and this innovative new book interrogates the theory, the practice and the personalities of political leaders in producing emotive gut-responses and intense loyalty from their followers.



Raymond Miller and Michael Mintrom are both associate professors in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Auckland.

Contributors include Margie Comrie, Tania Domett, Seishi Gomibuchi, Barry Gustafson, John Henderson, Manying Ip, Elizabeth McLeay, Raymond Miller, Michael Mintrom, Matthew Palmer, Jacqui True, Ranginui Walker and Luke Williams; Foreword by Lester Levy.


March 2006, 180 x 150 mm, 272 pages
Ebook, $49.99