Reconstituting the Constitution

  • Caroline Morris
  • Jonathan Boston
  • Petra Butler

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Reconstituting the Constitution: An Overview

  3. Reforming Constitutions: Lessons from Abroad

  4. The Republican Question

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-98
    2. Michael Cullen
      Pages 99-105
    3. Dean R Knight
      Pages 107-120
  5. The Need for a Written Constitution Strengthening the Bill of Rights Act and the Place of the Treaty of Waitangi

  6. The Future of Electoral Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-193
    2. Simon Power
      Pages 195-198
    3. Charles Chauvel
      Pages 199-217
    4. Philip A Joseph
      Pages 219-242

About these proceedings


All nation states, whether ancient or newly created, must examine their constitutional fundamentals to keep their constitutions relevant and dynamic. Constitutional change has greater legitimacy when the questions are debated before the people and accepted by them.

Who are the peoples in this state? What role should they have in relation to the government? What rights should they have? Who should be Head of State? What is our constitutional relationship with other nation states? What is the influence of international law on our domestic system? What process should constitutional change follow?

In this volume, scholars, practitioners, politicians, public officials, and young people explore these questions and others in relation to the New Zealand constitution and provide some thought-provoking answers. This book is recommended for anyone seeking insight into how a former British colony with bicultural foundations is making the transition to a multicultural society in an increasingly complex and globalised world.


Government Indigenous rights Law Parliament Public Law

Editors and affiliations

  • Caroline Morris
    • 1
  • Jonathan Boston
    • 2
  • Petra Butler
    • 3
  1. 1., School of LawQueen Mary, University of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2., Institute of Policy StudiesVictoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand
  3. 3., Faculty of LawVictoria University, WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag GmbH Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-21571-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-21572-8
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