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TPPA leak suggests more challenges for NZ sovereignty

Press Release – Bridget Williams Books As a document leaked yesterday demonstrates the potential effect of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement upon sovereign rights, Professor Margaret Wilson at Waikato University says that changes to the structure of the state are already affecting …TPPA leak suggests more challenges looming for New Zealand’s sovereignty As a document leaked yesterday demonstrates the potential effect of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement upon sovereign rights, Professor Margaret Wilson at Waikato University says that changes to the structure of the state are already affecting New Zealanders’ abilities to influence decisions that impact upon their lives. In her book The Struggle for Sovereignty, a new addition to the BWB Texts series, prominent academic and former MP Margaret Wilson demonstrates how thirty years of a neo-liberal public policy framework have altered the nature of the New Zealand state. These alterations, particularly those responding to the pressures of globalisation, have weakened New Zealanders’ sovereignty over their own country, says Professor Wilson. Professor Wilson is a previous Attorney-General, Minister for Labour, and Minister Responsible for Treaty Negotiations, and currently holds a Chair in Law and Public Policy at the University of Waikato. She draws on her expertise to assess the ways in which the neo-liberal reforms since the 1984 election of the Fourth Labour Government have affected New Zealand’s constitution, its public service, its legal system, and its autonomy...

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Jane Kelsey New Book On TPPA – Hidden Agendas

Press Release – Bridget Williams Books. Hidden Agendas What We Need to Know about the TPPA. Jane Kelsey Forget the label “free trade agreement”. The TPPA, under negotiation between New Zealand, the USA and ten other countries, is a direct assault on our right to decide our own future. In this hard-hitting BWB Text, Professor Jane Kelsey picks apart the current negotiations surrounding the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and comes to some disturbing conclusions. Such a treaty, she says, has little credible economic rationale but could have potentially dangerous effects on our ability to decide for ourselves how we address the economic, environmental, social and Treaty challenges of the twenty-first century. At a time of constitutional review, the secrecy surrounding the TPPA negotiations raises hard questions about the future shape of New Zealand. Chapters include: 1. The Elephant in the Room: The Geopolitics of the TPPA 2. A Threat to New Zealand’s Autonomy: Behind the Border Disciplines 3. Amidst Obsessive Secrecy: Contemporary Examples 4. No Convincing Economic Rationale: The Economics of the TPPA 5. A Contemptuous Process: Constitutional Concerns About the author Jane Kelsey is one of New Zealand’s most acute social commentators. Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, she is actively committed to social justice in her teaching, her work on te Titiri o Waitangi, and her international research and advocacy on the crisis in...

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