Abstract: This article describes the background, context and the key features of the Fifth National Government’s neoliberal policy agenda. The neoliberal justification of this agenda is considered and subject to critical scrutiny. The weight of evidence suggests that the Government’s neoliberal policy agenda will mainly benefit the wealthiest 20% of New Zealanders, while disadvantaging low- and middle-income earners. It concludes that neither the 1999 nor the 2008 elections constitute major turning points in New Zealand’s political history because neither government has removed any of the central features of the neoliberal policy regime.
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