New Zealand Government?

How is the system of new zealand government organised?

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    The quick answer is that New Zealand’s government is that of a parliamentary democracy. If this concept is a bit unclear, the Encyclopedia Britannica defines a parliamentary democracy as a “democratic form of government in which the party (or a coalition of parties) with the greatest representation in the parliament (legislature) forms the government, its leader becoming prime minister or chancellor.”

    In New Zealand’s case, there is a prime minister. The prime minister, his or her appointed Executive Council, and currently Queen Elizabeth II (because New Zealand is also a Commonwealth realm) make up the Executive branch of the government. The House of Representatives, commonly called Parliament, is the Legislative branch of the government. The Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, and High Court make up the Judicial branch of the government.

    It can be difficult to know where to start when learning about a new governmental structure. I recommend using the CIA’s World Factbook entry on New Zealand in order to gain a general understanding of the structure (there is also information about it’s geography, people and society, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.) The page is well-structured and provides succinct information about the government and its processes.

    If you are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of New Zealand’s government consider exploring the resources that New Zealand has available on its own official web sites. I’ll provide links to pages focusing on their court system and Parliament for you to get started!

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