Stardust and Substance: the New Zealand General Election of 2017
13 SEPTEMBER 2018
Stardust and Substance captures some of the magic of Jacinda Ardern’s extraordinary seven-and-a-half weeks’ campaign, defeating a National government in power for nine years.
The story of her sensational achievement – with ‘relentless positivity’ and a ‘Let’s do this’ attitude – is told in this book by multiple authors, including Jacinda Ardern herself; her coalition partners, Winston Peters and James Shaw; and, looking back at the 2017 race, by her adversary in the campaign, former prime minister Bill English.
The book portrays how a remarkable election looked:
• to overseas observers in the U.S., Australia, Europe, Britain and Japan, attempting to understand ‘Jacindamania’.
• to 14 of New Zealand’s top cartoonists.
• to academic commentators, journalists and a TV news programme’s producer.
Stardust and Substance tells the story of how the election was won, and a government formed, its chapters highlighting:
• the televised debates and Jacinda Ardern’s inspirational example for New Zealand’s young women.
• UMR’s survey findings about leadership, issues and ‘word clouds’.
• the post-election negotiations with Winston Peters.
• the role of political scandals.
• the campaign and election in the Maori seats.
• the 2017 election and New Zealand’s Pacific communities.
• four campaigns, four candidates – Julie Anne Genter (Greens); Chris Hipkins (Labour); Mark Mitchell (National); Fletcher Tabuteau (New Zealand First).
Stardust and Substance also farewells the Key-English government, examining its legacy with regard to some key issues:
New Zealand’s flag; the economy, housing, the environment, immigration, foreign policy and security.
Stardust and Substance is the latest title in a VUP series of New Zealand election studies allowing New Zealanders today and ‘in 20, 50 and 100 years’ time’ the opportunity to ‘think about what happened and why’ (John Key) at the country’s general elections.
Cover design by Todd Atticus.
Full List of Contents:
Overview of the Election
1 Stardust and Substance: New Zealand’s 2017 election
Party Leaders’ Perspectives
2 Labour 2017: the Prime Minister’s perspective
3 Change versus a modified status quo: the New Zealand First perspective
4 The Green Party’s campaign: a leader’s perspective
5 National: the leader’s perspective
6 The ACT Party: the leader’s perspective
7 The Māori Party – a valedictory address
Te Ururoa Flavell
8 United Future – a valedictory address
The 2017 New Zealand election – views from overseas
9 The New Zealand election – an American view
10 The New Zealand election – an Australian view
Nicholas Economou and Zareh Ghazarian
11 The New Zealand election – the view from the UK
12 The New Zealand election – Jacinda Ardern’s rise and the generational politics of party leadership
Paul ’t Hart and Willem van Toor
13 The New Zealand election – a Japanese view
14 ‘Boom, Shake the Room’: Producing a political TV show in one of New Zealand’s most explosive election campaigns
15 Maori media and the campaign
16 Cartoonists and the 2017 election
Ian F. Grant and Hannah Benbow
17 Satire and citizen craft in 2017
18 Candidates and campaigning – a Labour MP’s electorate race
19 Candidates and campaigning – a New Zealand First MP’s campaign
20 Candidates and campaigning – a Green MP’s campaign
21 Candidates and campaigning – a National MP’s electorate race
Public policy and the legacy of the Key-English government
22 Flagging fortunes: early intimations of National’s vulnerability
Therese Arseneau and Nigel S. Roberts
23 Foreign and defence policy
24 It is not just the economy, stupid ...
Girol Karacaoglu and Joey Au
25 New Zealand environmental policy in the Key era: escalating crises in a time of neo-liberal economic dominance
Priya Kurian and Megan Smith
26 Immigration and the Key-English government
27 Crisis? What crisis? An overview of the fifth National government’s housing
28 The government and the media: nine laissez-faire years
29 The state sector: emergent concerns
Bob Gregory and Masashi Yui
The Campaign, the Results and the Formation of the Coalition
30 The first post-baby-boomer election
31 Jacinda Ardern: a political presence
32 Performing politics: leaders’ debates in the 2017 election
33 Survey findings and the 2017 election
34 Scandals, transgressions and embarrassments in the 2017 election
35 Did the Maori electorates decide the election?
36 Pacific peoples and the 2017 election
37 Round two: forming a government
38 Looking ahead …