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Of Demagogues and Dictators? The Redemption of Constitutional Referenda in New Zealand

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dc.contributor.author Whelan, Georgia
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-09T23:32:42Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-09T23:32:42Z
dc.date.copyright 2017
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://researcharchive.vuw.ac.nz/handle/10063/7999
dc.description.abstract Referenda have been strongly criticised in recent years. Western liberal democracies are fixated on representative democracy, with elections as the pinnacle of democratic participation. However, political apathy and voter dissatisfaction are pressing problems. This paper argues that referenda can be a democratically legitimate method for major constitutional change. The problems canvassed in the literature and witnessed in recent examples, such as “Brexit”, are merely problems of practice not principle. To redeem constitutional referenda, a comparative approach is adopted to analyse the referendum methods used in New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. From this assessment, a model provision is developed that should guide the process for any major constitutional referendum in New Zealand. It injects a dose of direct, participatory and deliberative democracy into our representative system, thereby improving the democratic legitimacy of constitutional referenda. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.subject Referenda en_NZ
dc.subject Democracy en_NZ
dc.subject Constitutional referendum en_NZ
dc.subject Legitimacy en_NZ
dc.subject Constitutional change en_NZ
dc.title Of Demagogues and Dictators? The Redemption of Constitutional Referenda in New Zealand en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Law en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Research Paper or Project en_NZ
thesis.degree.name LL.B. (Honours) en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 160509 Public Administration en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 160603 Comparative Government and Politics en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 160608 New Zealand Government and Politics en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180103 Administrative Law en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180106 Comparative Law en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180108 Constitutional Law en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180119 Law and Society en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180120 Legal Institutions (incl. Courts and Justice Systems) en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies en_NZ


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