Po­lit­i­cal un­der­belly gets ex­po­sure

Find out why New Zealand is fac­ing more elec­tion dirt than ever be­fore

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

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.’’

Bryce Ed­wards.

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