During the 1970’s and 1980’s in New Zealand there was several large changes occurring in the economic and political atmosphere. New Zealand, who for a long time has been one of the most protectionist countries in the world, was suffering from an extreme budget deficit and a continual recession that saw there average annual growth rate in GDP per capita fall from 3 percent in 1970 to merely .2 percent in 1984 (Nielson, 4). Leading up to the election in 1984 there was a growing disparity in the New Zealand public about the current leaders, from the National Party, in parliament and how they were leading the economy. Campaigning as opposition to the National Party, the Labour Party had little to do to acquire the... [continues]
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