Thursday, 4 February 2016

POLS 208 Democracy Videos and Links 2016

POLS 208 Democracy Videos and Links

Video Documentaries

• Blade Runner - Opening Scene
• Matrix Trailer HD (1999)
• Snowpiercer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX5PwfEMBM0
• The Edge of Tomorrow (Live, Die, Repeat)
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLe_qO4AE-M

• A two minute introduction to Athenian democracy that correctly emphasises that it was a direct particiaptory form of democracy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J315e03RkOA 


A useful and informative introduction to the revolutionary creation and central features of Athenian democracy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6KjOTABL3Y

A brief introduction to the central features of Athenian democracy.
Less interesting than the videos listed above but still worth watching. A brief introduction to the central features of Athenian democracy by
Professor Jeffrey Rusten from Cornell University in the United States.
http://www.cornell.edu/video/ancient-athens-5-the-heart-of-athenian-democracy-the-agora-and-the-pnyx


• The Expansion of the Roman Empire
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiIXC1U8HNo 

• The English Civil Wars
Although produced way back in 1992 this is a better video documentary than anything I've seen that has been uploaded to the internet. It is available in VHS format in the AV section of the university library.
  • Location:Dn: Central Library: AV Services: Videocassettes
  • Call Number: O98998  

Causes of the English Civil Wars, The Trial of Charles 1st.
These short videos are worth looking at for the background and the trial of the King.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3h_RyFEV0M&list=PL46EF350E7F5407DF

• The French Revolution
- This video is not entirely accurate but it is mildy amusing and contains some useful visual material.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvSod16wfgg

- A music video by Jeffrey Lewis that outlines the timeline of the French Revolution in 2 and a half minutes!
http://www.history.com/topics/french-revolution/videos/the-french-revolution 

- A much better video documentary (around 30 minutes in length), is presented by the middle-of-the road academic historian Gwynne Lewis. Unfortunately it is not available online, but it can be consulted in the AV section of the library or purchsed as a DVD.

The title is: The French Revolution.
The call number is O95138
The Otago library link is:
http://otago.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo_library/libweb/action/display.do?tabs=detailsTab&ct=display&fn=search&doc=OTAGO_ALMA21130226340001891&displayMode=full&vid=DUNEDIN&group=GUEST&onCampus=true&lang=eng

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• US Constitution and Bill of Rights – 097616 (two videos, the first is on the Constitution and system of government; the second focuses on the Bill of Rights). 50 minutes each. Both boring but very useful provide useful descriptions of the US system of government by conservative American political science academics.
The title is:
The United States Constitution The United States Bill of Rights and Constitutional Amendments
The call number is O97616
The Otago library link is:
http://otago.lconz.ac.nz/vwebv/holdingsInfo?searchId=10084&recCount=25&recPointer=0&bibId=504523

Milton Friedman - Redistribution of Wealth
Chicago and monetarist economist, Milton Friedman, providing a neoliberal justification of the unequal distribution of wealth in advanced capitalist societies.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJwUaVDIPXg 

Hayek on Socialism
Friedrich von Hayek providing a brief critique of socialism.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNbYdbf3EEc 

David Harvey on the Global Financial Crisis and Crises of Capitalism.
Animation of David Harvey providing a 10 minute oral outline of the Marxist analysis of capitalist economic crises.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOP2V_np2c0 

•  Climate Change and Capitalism
• To access the 2014 major assessment report (AR5) by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), go to: http://www.ipcc.ch/

If you want to download the most important graphs and figures then go to: http://www.climatechange2013.org/report/reports-graphic/ch2-graphics/

• To access the 2007 major assessment report (AR4) by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 
go to: http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/publications_ipcc_fourth_assessment_report_synthesis_report.htm 

• Video showing thinning of Greenland polar ice based on international study using satellite data and photographs from the University of Leeds website.http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GAhA8NBHZIo 


See also the British channel 4 news report on the study (2012) at:
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/3336/ 

"2012 Record Low Artic Ice Sheet". The Arctic ice cap is melting at a rapid rate and may shrink to its lowest-ever level within weeks as temperatures continue to rise. Al Jazeera's Nick Clark joined an expedition travelling deep into the Arctic Circle to Qaanaaq, in Greenland. Three minute report on the melting of the Arctic ice caps. Well worth watching.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwwBcdmT8tc

• Very interesting report on the 'carbon bubble' on the Guardian website. Highlights which stock exchange listed companies have the greatest carbon assets and the financial risks that they face if these assets become unburnable due to the introduction of more effective environmental policies addressing the causes of climate change. This also indicates just how powerfully motivated these companies are to lobby governments to prevent them introducting more effective environmental policies to counter global warming.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/interactive/2013/apr/19/countries-exposed-carbon-bubble-map 

• Really interesting article in The Guardian: "The climate crisis of the 21st century has been caused largely by just 90 companies, which between them produced nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions generated since the dawning of the industrial age, new research suggests." 
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/20/90-companies-man-made-global-warming-emissions-climate-change

• John Bellamy Foster gives lecture on capitalism and climate change.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmhFc9kdTRU&list=PL432220236CB86FAB 


•  The Russian Revolution


The most accurate video documentary on the Russian Revolution that I have been able to find on Youtube is in three parts at:
The Russian Revolution - Part 1
The Russian Revolution - Part 2
 
The Russian Revolution - Part 3 

•  Comparative Data on Democratisation- Polity IV and Freedom House
These are US research institutes sponsored by the US Government, including the C.I.A, and accordingly some of the assessments are biased, for example, South Korea is designated as being 'free' while Venezuela is only 'partly free'. Nonetheless, the data provided by Polity IV and Freedom House does give an indication of the growing global spread of representative democracy.
http://www.systemicpeace.org/polityproject.html
http://www.freedomhouse.org/report-types/freedom-world 

• The Centre for Reponsive Politics provides lots of interesting and useful data on the American political system, especially on how business exerts disproportionate influence.
http://www.opensecrets.org/elections/ 

Comparative Statistics on Gender Inequality
• UN Women provides lots of interesting and useful comparative data on gender inequality and women's participation in government.
http://www.unwomen.org/ 

The most recent (2011) Progress of Women report can be downloaded from:
http://www.unwomen.org/resources/progress-of-the-worlds-women/ 

The World's Women 2010: Trends and Statistics can be downloaded from: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/Worldswomen/WW2010pub.htm 

• Statistics New Zeland bar graphs describing female representation in parliament and local government from 1996 to 2014 can be found at: 
http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/snapshots-of-nz/nz-social-indicators/Home/Trust%20and%20participation%20in%20government/female-rep-parl-local-govt.aspx

David Held interviewed on globalisation, democracy, and the need for reform of the global order during the 21st century
Very interesting eight minute interview.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8Y4f1c6VSI
 

Videos on the Global Justice and Occupy Movements
• Dystopian Futures- A Compilation of Dystopic Sci Fi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJxkI4vPXlE 


Showdown in Seattle- 'This is what democracy looks like'. Part V of the Indy Media documentary on the global justice protests that successfully shutdown the millenium round of the WTO at the end of 1999. This sparked the dramatic growth of the global justice movement during the first half of the 2000s.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYyCDE6dbDU&list=PLBA3384E63E9826B2&index=5

Occupy Wall Street Video: Global Day of Action, 15OCT 
Six minute video focusing on the protests of Occupy New York.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfXPCkXBqRE
The Guardian: Occupy Protests Mapped Around The World
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2011/oct/18/occupy-protests-map-world

The Guardian: Images of the World Social Forum 2013 in Tunis
http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/gallery/2013/mar/28/world-social-forum-alternative-world-in-pictures?INTCMP=SRCH#/?picture=406383884&index=0

• A Twenty Year Programme of Neoliberal Fiscal Austerity?
British Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, said in 2013 that the cuts pushed through by the Coalition did not go nearly far enough. He said that there was a “very long way to go” and added: “This is not a two-year project or a five-year project. This is a 10-year project, a 20-year generational battle to beef up the economy in ways that we have not seen for many, many decades.”
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10156170/Twenty-years-to-fix-economy.html

Monday, 25 January 2016

Ellen Meiksins Wood - Remembering An Inspirational Marxist Intellectual

Very sorry to hear about the recent passing on January 14th 2016 of inspirational Marxist intellectual Ellen Meiksins Wood. Her work constitutes a major and valuable contribution to the anti-Stalinist Marxist tradition. I only met her once and on that occasion she joked about being an 'orthodox Marxist'. It was an orthodoxy that was centrally committed to the rigorous critique of capitalism and the highly limited form of democracy that emerged in conjunction with capitalism, to working class self-emancipation, and to the collective creation of a democratic socialist world beyond capitalism. She was also by all accounts a lovely human. She will be missed but will not be forgotten. Her work will remain relevant throughout the course of this volatile century.

• For a sympathetic obituary see the following. It notes, among other things, that "Throughout her life, Ellen remained deeply engaged in careful historical work emphasizing the very specific historical emergence of capitalism in England, and promoted the idea that democracy always has to be fought for and secured from below; that it is never benevolently conferred from above. 
http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/remembering_ellen_meiksins_wood 

• See also:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Meiksins_Wood 

• Verso Books published much of her work. See:
http://www.versobooks.com/authors/263-ellen-meiksins-wood 

• Links to other obituaries that comment on the importance of her work are listed below:
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/01/ellen-wood-obituary-chibber-retreat-from-class-origins-of-capitalism-marxist/ 
http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2016-01-25-in-lieu-of-an-obituary-ellen-meiksins-wood-1942-2016/
http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2016/foster180116.html
http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2016/huws150116.html

• A comprehensive bibliography of her work is at:
https://politicalmarxism.wordpress.com/library/ellen-meiksins-wood/

Thursday, 2 July 2015

POLS 102 New Zealand Politics 2015 - Videos, Links, NZ Music

This is where I'll be putting links to audio-visual and other material for POLS 102 New Zealand Politics during Semester 2, 2015.

New Zealand/Aotearoa Music Videos- Selected from a Wide Range of Alternative Music Genres but all by Musical Artists with Strong Links to Aoteroa

• Princess Chelsea - Too Many People
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj2Xq5W7ywc
• Bic Runga - Get Some Sleep
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzTUSR3fbfU  
• Crowded House - Four Seasons in One Day
http://www.nzonscreen.com/title/four-seasons-in-one-day-1992 
•The Checks - There is a Fieldhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utTOM2ZSYA8
• Dimmer - Power Cord
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrIfY6aFPRM
• The Shifting Sounds - Let's Go Down
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d2XsSLGg8Q
•Tiki Taane -Faded
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74Q-oAar5DY
 •Toy Love - Swimming Pool
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUJsPihuR7o
 • Concord Dawn - Morning Light
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F70ad21OM1U
 • Dave Dobbyn - Language
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csLeoYcbVOU
• Darcy Clay - Jesus I Was Evil
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKX8ntjWeas
• Tiki Taane and Pdigsss -Dub Soldier
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TP-xlCFhdjk
• Courtney Barnett - History Eraser
• Yumi Zouma -The Brae
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HoPNCiilf4 
• Shapeshifter - Monarch
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUYU5W0JVO8&list=PL4pbiHpxsbdyeUbZUbDVQA1EJCV33C4tJ
• The Veils - The Letter (Live)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HoPNCiilf4 
• Rhian Sheehan & Jess Chambers (vocals) - Sunshine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0vDU-L2qcA  
• Fly My Pretties - Lie in the Land
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4imchwNegM
• The Brunettes - Small Town Crew
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ri3kn696gd4 
• Die Die Die - Sideways Here We Come
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV9f4w9SXEc
 • The Pheonix Foundation - Bob Lennon, John Dylan
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=digLC94vx2I
• The D4 - Party!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS4q-ECzcZQ 
• Shapeshifter - In Colour
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-Yx8VZvz1M&list=PL4pbiHpxsbdyeUbZUbDVQA1EJCV33C4tJ 
• The Shifting Sands - All the Stars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cD1XAiFYw0 
• Princess Chelsea - The Cigarette Duet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TV_128Fz2g
• Scribe - Dreaming
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkgMt9BVsvQ 
• The Adults - Nothing to Lose
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx6G0NGZJxU
• The 3ds - Outer Space
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePvmxGA2vqU  
• Straightjacket Fits - She Speeds
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLTtOXIhrow 
 • Astro Children - The One We Start With
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT1ReJoKttw

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The following NZ music videos have been suggested by students doing the paper this semester.  
• Trinity Roots - Little Things
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7Hr6fl7zoI 
• Ladi 6 - Like Water
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMfGodc7rzA 
• Fat Freddy's Drop - Wandering Eye
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCJg63SziL4 
• Gin Wigmore - Oh My
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luhnj7ZPWL4 
• Shunkan - Dust in Your Eyes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnzSkhvUDh8
• Lorde - Flume Remix
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ATu1BiOPZA
• Fly My Pretties - Let's Roll
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmVXsNtC-_k 
• Shihad - Home Again (Live - Rage)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AtHK9eZwos
• The Chills - Kaleidoscope World
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILvY3FoTQF8 
• Don McGlashan - Miracle Sun  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JWpNfH-onw 
• Chris Knox - Not Given Lightly
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaSV0ymL8jk 
• Yumi Zouma - Catastrophe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSX3_qTcQEM  
• Fly My Pretties - Garden
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLgPTeTRjeI 
• Garageland - Finger Pops
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rntb_E8-8fE 
• Princess Chelsea - Ice Reign
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYGvFvvzlBI
• Kane Strang - Winded
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1SdFO7FTrQ
• Flight of the Concords - Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfqiC92INO4
 ____________
• Strangely Arousing - Kupenga
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOqiODEBtRE 

• New Gum Sarn - Money Talks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIEAaAs1Y0E
• Death and the Maiden – Dear ______
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FaDrJuIh5w
• The Veils - The Pearl - Live at Abbey Road
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhGGjFHbyp8
• The Veils - Turn From the Rain - Live at Abbey Road
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6zkJRZDzME 



Video Documentaries and Exerts, Links to Useful Websites

• Here are links to some of the more important official government websites:

 • New Zealand Government: Information and Services
This is a gateway website providing links to all official government websites and the websites of the political parties with MPs.
https://www.govt.nz/ 

 •Electoral Commission
This is where you will be able to find out more about the electoral system and election results.http://www.elections.org.nz/ 

• Statistics New Zealand
This is where you will find a comprehensive range of statistical information about New Zealand's society, economy and polity.
http://www.stats.govt.nz/

• Treasury
This is where you will find a comprehensive range of information about the economy and the government's approach to managing it, as well as the budget and all main areas of government policy-making.
http://www.treasury.govt.nz/ 

• Ministry of Social Development- Household Incomes
This is where you will find some of the most important facts and figures with respect to the distribution of income, wealth, and poverty in New Zealand since 1982. https://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/publications-resources/monitoring/household-incomes/ 

• Maori Land Loss, 1960-2000 Interactive Map of North Island
http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/interactive/maori-land-1860-2000 

New Zealand's Political History, 1935 to the Present

• First Labour Government 1935-1948

 • 1935 Election Victory Speech by Michel Joseph Savage - two short exerts):
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/speech/49/m-j-savage-reassuring-new-zealand-about-the-labour-government

http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/speech/34030/michael-joseph-savages-victory-speech-1935 

• Second (Holyoake) National Government, 1960-1972
• 1963 Interview with National Prime Minister Keith Holyoake- gives a sense of a very different period in NZ's political history.
http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/video/interview-with-prime-minister-keith-holyoake-1963


• Third (Kirk, Rowling) Labour Government, 1972-1975
• New Zealand Labour Party TV Campaign add for the 1969 election- illustrates the influence of the wider political context of the time.
http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/video/labour-party-tv-ad-1969


NZ 1972: Labour, Big Norm, Womens Lib
• Interesting report on Labour at the time of the 1972 election. As above, it highlights the influence of the political context over the Labour Party.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Z0mmhQAFeM

• 1975 National Party Election Anti-Labour Advertisement
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbevFguT6NE

• The Rise of Sir Robert Muldoon (late 1960s to 1975)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPNJzxyL9IM

• 1984 General Election
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFyJvtM3uy0 

Ryan Jones, who is taking the paper this year, reminded me of this documentary - Fortress New Zealand. It documents the transition from Keynesianism to Neoliberalism (From Muldoon, to Lange, to Richardson). 
It includes great interviews.

Part 1 Muldoon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZXpeUQ0tD8

Part 2 Lange's first term: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7drcQVvpM0

Part 3 Lange's second term and downfall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhTgrSiiXDk

Part 4 After Lange: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsvmVKqkX_o


In a Land of Plenty: The Story of Unemployment in New Zealand
For a more systematically critical account, see the following excellent video documentary.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x04aJ_ICqYo

AV Material on the Labour Party
• David Shearer on Budget 2013- illustrates current ideology and political rhetoric of the Labour Party.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LKZl9HyLGk&feature=c4-overview&list=UUiz_HNe4CVNzP-yeYoFydQw

AV Material on the National Party
• John Key on Budget 2013- gives a clear illustration of the pragmatic conservatism of the National Party.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROiDCagPC9U&list=PL2B847CA387E265AF 


The Treasury
• Treasury Homepage
http://www.treasury.govt.nz/ 
• Treasury job advertisement
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQBfB_8oQ2o
• John Whitehead, head of Treasury in 2009, on policy responses to the global financial crisis and ensuing recession in New Zealand.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVu4Fh0sJmA 

• Useful Links for the POLS 102 Essay:
• Treasury (see above)
• National Party – www.national.org.nz
Labour Party – www.labour.org.nz
• Electoral Commision – http://www.elections.org.nz/ 
• MMP Review website – http://www.mmpreview.org.nz/ 
• Statistics NZ – http://www.stats.govt.nz/

• New Zealand Political Parties and Organizations


Parliamentary Parties:

• ACT New Zealand — http://www.act.org.nz

• Green  Party of Aotearoa/New Zealand –  http://www.greens.org.nz

• National Party – www.national.org.nz

Labour Party – www.labour.org.nz

• New Zealand First - www.nzfirst.org.nz/

• Maori Party–www.maoriparty.com/

• United Future New Zealand - www.unitedfuture.org.nz/


Extra-Parliamentary Parties:

• Alliance — http://www.alliance.org.nz

• Conservative Party– http://www.conservativeparty.org.nz/


• International Socialist Organisation– http://www.iso.org.nz

• Mana Party – http://mana.net.nz/
 
• Campbell Live Poll on the GCSB Bill
http://www.3news.co.nz/Campbell-Live-GCSB-roadie-poll-end/tabid/817/articleID/309661/Default.aspx 

New Zealand Interest Groups

• New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (NZCTU)
http://union.org.nz/
• For a full list of all affiliated unions go to:
http://union.org.nz/about/ctu-affiliates 
  
• Business NZ
 http://www.businessnz.org.nz/
This is New Zealand's largest and most influential business association.

• Federated Farmers 
http://www.fedfarm.org.nz/

The New Zealand Initiative
In 2012 the Business Roundtable and the New Zealand Institute merged to form The New Zealand Initiative - a group of executives from big business that advocates extreme neolioberal policies broadly consistent with those of the ACT Party.
http://nzinitiative.org.nz/ 

This is a propaganda video that glosses over the specifics of the kind of extreme right-wing policies that the NZ Initiative advocates. Note that while much of what they claim they advocating, such as 'affordable housing', is double-speak. That is if these policies were actually implemented they would actually have the opposite effect to what is being claimed by the NZ Initiative.
http://nzinitiative.org.nz/About+Us.html 

• The New Zealand Retailers Association
http://www.retail.org.nz/

• The New Zealand Chambers of Commerce
http://www.newzealandchambers.co.nz/ 


• The National Government- Background and Context

The Hollow Men - Video Documentary on Don Brash's Leadership of the National party and the 2006 election campaign.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvszui3U8vM

• Alan Bollard, Governor of the Reserve Bank speaks to the 2009 Jobs Summit on the scale and impact of the global financial crisis.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDjo_QtIdmI  
• Excellent video presentations on Marx and David Harvey's contemporary Marxist analysis of the global financial crisis.

• Funny and informative introduction to Marx's life, ideas and politics. It's a play scripted by the famous left-wing American historian - Howard Zinn - and performed brilliantly by the American teacher, actor, activist and socialist - Brian Jones. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2baw7stI6U 

• Animated 11 minute summary of David Harvey's Marxist analysis of the global financial crisis.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOP2V_np2c0 



The Fifth (Key) Governments Neoliberal Policy Agenda, 2008-

• For National's presentation of its 'plan that's working' and policies as of 2014-2016 go to:
https://www.national.org.nz/plan/plan

https://www.national.org.nz/policies

• Budget 2015, including Bill English's Budget Speech, can be downloaded from:
http://www.treasury.govt.nz/budget/2015 

• Treasury's 2015 economic and fiscal update provides useful information on the state of the economy and government finances since 2000.
http://www.treasury.govt.nz/budget/forecasts/befu2015 

• A two minute media interview of Finance Minister Bill English about Budget 2015. Gives a good sense of the Government's justification of its neoliberal approach to economic management and policy-making:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBZk5UnBIQ4


• A three minute media interview of Prime Minister John Key about Budget 2015. Gives a good sense of the Government's justification of its neoliberal approach to economic management and policy-making:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltMDuBK118A&list=PL3ZQ5CpNulQm6tksFqnSEccOJg-PQurtj

• A defence of the Government in terms of its 'compassionate conservatism' by Bill English:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49dr8FPtCgQ&list=PL3ZQ5CpNulQm6tksFqnSEccOJg-PQurtj&index=2 

• In 2013, Minister of Finance Bill English stated that: 
"We don't believe there is 'a' solution to poverty in general. So I would not expect any large scale intervention. We've been focusing on reaching the hard to reach and intervening to improve their lives." http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/budget-2013/8670053/State-housing-revamp-on-the-cards


• An independent critical assessment of the Government's approach in Budget 2015 by the Child Poverty Action Group can be downloaded from:  http://www.cpag.org.nz/assets/Budget/2015%20CPAG%20BUDGET%20REVIEW.pdf 

The website is: http://www.cpag.org.nz/

• To critically assess the Government's performance with respect to economic management and policy-making it is worth considering the relevant official statistics. 

For example, for current stats on growth, employment and offshore debt go to http://www.stats.govt.nz/ and follow the links. Balance of payments and offshore debt stats can be found here: http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/snapshots-of-nz/top-statistics.aspx

The best source of official statistical data on socio-economic inequality is here: https://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/publications-resources/monitoring/household-incomes/



• The Politics of Climate Change and Global Warming
 • To access the 2014 major assessment report (AR5) by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), go to: http://www.ipcc.ch/

If you want to download the most important graphs and figures then go to: http://www.climatechange2013.org/report/reports-graphic/ch2-graphics/

• To access the 2007 major assessment report (AR4) by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 
go to: http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/publications_ipcc_fourth_assessment_report_synthesis_report.htm 

• Video summarizing the US NOAA, State of the Climate 2014 Report. The facts in this video are drawn from official US based sources.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mhhtvm1pcio

• Video showing thinning of Greenland polar ice based on international study using satellite data and photographs from the University of Leeds website.http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GAhA8NBHZIo 

See also the British channel 4 news report on the study (2012) at:
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/3336/ 

"2012 Record Low Artic Ice Sheet". The Arctic ice cap is melting at a rapid rate and may shrink to its lowest-ever level within weeks as temperatures continue to rise. Al Jazeera's Nick Clark joined an expedition travelling deep into the Arctic Circle to Qaanaaq, in Greenland. Three minute report on the melting of the Arctic ice caps. Well worth watching.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwwBcdmT8tc

• Very interesting report on the 'carbon bubble' on the Guardian website. Highlights which stock exchange listed companies have the greatest carbon assets and the financial risks that they face if these assets become unburnable due to the introduction of more effective environmental policies addressing the causes of climate change. This also indicates just how powerfully motivated these companies are to lobby governments to prevent them introducting more effective environmental policies to counter global warming.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/interactive/2013/apr/19/countries-exposed-carbon-bubble-map 

• Really interesting article in The Guardian: "The climate crisis of the 21st century has been caused largely by just 90 companies, which between them produced nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions generated since the dawning of the industrial age, new research suggests." 
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/20/90-companies-man-made-global-warming-emissions-climate-change

• John Bellamy Foster gives lecture on capitalism and climate change.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmhFc9kdTRU&list=PL432220236CB86FAB