Political underbelly gets exposure
Find out why New Zealand is facing more election dirt than ever before
Sex, corruption and lies in election year . . . hear it all in Queenstown.
Top political commentator Bryce Edwards is in town discussing why New Zealand politics is faced by more election year scandals than ever before.
He will explain why this is happening and the likely impacts at Queenstown’s first University of Otago Winter Series lecture, hosted by Catalyst Trust.
His talk comes just two weeks after publication of Nicky Hager’s latest book, Dirty Politics, which claims ‘‘attack politics’’ is poisoning New Zealand’s political environment.
Power and conflict are key issues in politics, Edwards says.
His research is aimed at addressing questionssuch as who actually runs New Zealand, how policy is really made by governments, who has the most power and how resources are divided up in society.
‘‘I aim to promote critical thinking and consideration of a diversity of points of view and ways of understanding politics.’’
His current research is looking at the rise in allegations of political corruption and the idea that politicians and parties often make use of dubious or illegal funds.
‘‘My research is evaluating these claims, looking at why such allegations are on the rise, and also at the supposed electoral law solutions to some of these problems.’’