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We the People: Participation in Governance

We the People: Participation in Governance (Paperback)

By Charters, Dean
Edited by Knight, Dean

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We, the people begins the preamble of the United States Constitution. The revolutionary concept of this Constitution is that power comes from the people and that rulers rule with their consent. New Zealand has a creditable record in democratic longevity and participation but, bec...ause it has no codified constitution, there is no single document that encapsulates the fundamental truth of the centrality of New Zealand people in their democracy. Ensuring the strength of our democracy requires New Zealanders to remain engaged with their democracy, by making submissions on Bills before Parliament or policies being considered by government, using their right to assemble peaceably and to petition governments, serving on juries and, most importantly, voting. The participation and engagement of the people(s) in governance is a foundational jurisprudential issue because it is the participation by the people(s) that justifies, at least partially, the continuing exercise of authority over them by democratic governments. This book presents a number of different perspectives focused on the role the people (or peoples) play - or should play - in governance under domestic constitutions and administrative structures.
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ISBN 9780864736925
Published NZ 12 Jan 2011
Publisher Victoria University Press
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780864736925
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Victoria University Press
Imprint Victoria University Press
Published 12 Jan 2011
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Charters, Dean
Edited by Knight, Dean
Category Political Structures: Democracy
Human Rights
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 324
Dimensions Not specified
Dewey Code 323.042
Weight 685g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Political participation, New Zealand - Politics and government, Political participation - New Zealand, People (Constitutional law) - New Zealand
NBS Text Government & Constitution
ONIX Text General/trade;Professional and scholarly