Bridled Power: New Zealand's Constitution and Government

Author(s): Geoffrey W.R. Palmer

NZ Non Fiction

Bridled Power, and its predecessor Unbridled Power, have provided a guide to New Zealand's constitutional system for more than 20 years. This new edition is updated to reflect New Zealand's experience of the MMP system of proportional representation and includes:

  • Elections and formation of governments
  • The Governor-General and prospects of becoming a republic
  • How Executive Government works, and should work
  • How Parliament works, and should work
  • How laws are made
  • The checks on government, including the Treaty of Waitangi


This book is a clear and straightforward account of how New Zealand's system of government works in practice and in principle. It will be of value to anyone interested in government, as well as to judges, law practitioners, academics, government departments and politicians, and law and political science students.

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4. Part One - Government Chap 1: The Changing System of New Zealand Government Chap 2: Elections and Forming a Government Part Two - Executive Government Chap 3: The Monarchy: Will New Zealand Become a Republic? Chap 4: The Prime Minister, Cabinet and Ministerial Responsibility Chap 5: The Public Service and Crown Entities Chap 6: Public Finance Part Three - Parliament Chap 7: MPs and Other Parliamentary Inhabitants Chap 8: What Happens in Parliament Chap 9: Legislation Chap 10: Regulations and Red Tape Part Four - Restraints on Government Chap 11: Public Opinion and Information Chap 12: Local Government Chap 13: Avenues for Complaint Chap 14: The Courts Chap 15: The New Zealand Bill of Rights Act Chap 16: The Treaty of Waitangi Chap 17: International Law Part Five - Future Government Chap 18: Where Next?

General Fields

  • : 9780195584639
  • : Oxford University Press Australia
  • : OUP Australia and New Zealand
  • : March 2004
  • : 227mm X 152mm X 25mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Geoffrey W.R. Palmer
  • : Paperback
  • : 4th Revised edition
  • : English
  • : 320.49309049
  • : 422
  • : tables