Mixed Member Proportional System in New Zealand

  • Tracy-Ann Johnson-MyersEmail author
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This chapter provides a critical analysis of the Mixed Member Proportional system, using the New Zealand experience as a case study. Using a cross-time approach, it examines the transition from the FPTP system (1856–1993) to the MMP system (1996–2008) in New Zealand. It also highlights the reasons for New Zealand’s abandonment of the FPTP electoral system, and the contributions made by the Royal Commission on the Electoral Reform in changing the political landscape in New Zealand. Finally, it provides an overview how MMP works, and the representational benefits that have been derived by women, and other underrepresented groups in New Zealand.


Electoral System Royal Commission Labour Party Preferential Vote National Party 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of the West IndiesKingstonJamaica

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