The Quiet Revolution

Turbulence and Transition in Contemporary New Zealand

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Pages: 212

RRP: $0.00

ISBN: 9780868617220

ISTC: A0220120000213D4

DOI: 10.7810/9780868617220

In The Quiet Revolution, leading political commentator Colin James analyses New Zealand's market-based reforms of the 1980s as they are happening. Writing a first draft of history, he examines how the 'quiet revolution' is seen alternately as a betrayal, a dangerous experiment and a liberation.

Combining economic and political analysis, he describes the behind-the-scenes manoeuvring that formed the backdrop to the reforms and the effects of the reform programme itself. He also sees a groundswell of optimism that, he argues, could forge a new and very different society in New Zealand.

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1. The Potato War
2. The Radical Ascendancy
3. The Gathering Wave
4. Putting on the Strain
5. The Ravelling Strands
6. An Unwiser Canute
7. Diversion Channels
8. Into the Breach
9. 1984 and All That
10. On – Or Back?