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Elizabeth McLeay is Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Victoria University of Wellington. She taught comparative government and politics in the Political Science and International Relations Programme between 1990 and 2009. During 2010 she was Visiting Senior Research Fellow, School of Law, VUW, working with Claudia Geiringer and Polly Higbee on a project on the use of parliamentary urgency in the New Zealand House of Representatives. The project was funded by the New Zealand Law Foundation and was conducted under the auspices of the New Zealand Centre for Public Law and the Rule of Law Committee of the New Zealand Law Society. The findings will initially be published in 2011 as a Centre for Public Law Occasional Paper.

Elizabeth has held a number of research fellowships and awards, and most recently was invited to take part in a Wilton Park conference, Accountability and Constitutional Development, organized by the UK Ministry of Justice. She spoke on: ‘Electoral Processes: Managing Successful Transition and Change (February, 2010). In October and November 2009 she was a Visitor in the Political Science Program, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, working on the politics of morality issues. Elizabeth has been an active member of the New Zealand Chapter of the Australasian Study of Parliament Group and has worked with members of the Constitution Unit, University College London, on various projects. She is a board member of the Parliamentary Studies Centre at the Australian National University and regularly contributes to the Centre’s conferences. Recently she has spoken on ‘Governing the Behaviour of New Zealand Members of Parliament’ (for a conference on ethics and Integrity in Parliament), ‘Unicameralism and the New Zealand Parliament’, and ‘Comparing Committee Systems: the New Zealand House of Representatives’. Elizabeth was an invited speaker at both of the Canadian citizens’ assemblies (Vancouver, 2005; and Ottawa, 2006).

Research Interests

Apart from her interest in legislative behaviour and the relationship between the executive and Parliament, Elizabeth has been recently been working on parliamentary ethics, moral political leadership, political representation, institutional culture, and women and politics.

Selected conference papers and publications

Rethinking Women and Politics: New Zealand and Comparative Perspectives. Ed. with Kate McMillan and John Leslie. Victoria University Press, 2009.

‘Cabinet’. In New Zealand Government and Politics, 5th edn. Ed. by Raymond Miller. Auckland, Oxford University Press, 2009.

‘The Public Interest in New Zealand’. In In the Public Interest: Essays in Honour of Professor Keith Jackson. Ed. by Mark Francis and Jim Tully. Christchurch, Canterbury University Press, 2009, pp. 19-34.

‘”A Wonderful Lot of Chaps”’: Observations on New Zealand Army Culture in War Letters from Rod to Molly McLeay, 1940-1942’, Journal of New Zealand Studies, 2009.

‘Evolving Rules in a Parliamentary Democracy. Review essay of Andrew Geddis’, Electoral Law in New Zealand: Practice and Policy. Journal of Electoral Law. Vol. 6, No. 4, 2007, pp. 417-421

‘Redefining Constituency Representation: the Roles of New Zealand MPs Under MMP’. With Jack Vowles. Regional and Federal Studies, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2007, pp. 71-95.

‘The Australian and New Zealand Parliaments: Context, Response and Capacity’. With John Uhr. Australian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 41, No. 2, 2006, pp. 257-72.

‘Buckle, Board, Team or Network? Understanding Cabinet’. New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law, Vol. 4, 2006, pp. 37-54.

‘Scrutiny and Capacity: An Evaluation of the Parliamentary Committees in the New Zealand Parliament’. Australasian Parliamentary Review, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2006, pp. 158-177.

‘Buckle, Board, Team or Network? Understanding Cabinet’. New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law, Vol. 4, 2006, pp. 37-54.

‘Scrutiny and Capacity: An Evaluation of the Parliamentary Committees in the New Zealand Parliament’. Australasian Parliamentary Review, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2006, pp. 158-177.

‘Climbing On: Rules, Values and Representation in the New Zealand Parliament’. In Representing Women in Parliament: A Comparative Study. Ed. by Marian Sawer, Manon Tremblay and Linda Trimble. London, Routledge, 2006, pp. 67-82.

‘Leadership in Cabinet under MMP’. In Leadership and Political Change in New Zealand. Ed. by Raymond Miller and Michael Mintrom. Auckland, Auckland University Press, 2006, pp. 92-112.

Selected forthcoming publications:

‘The Firing Line: When and Why Do New Zealand and United Kingdom Prime Ministers Fire Ministerial Colleagues?’ With Keith Dowding. In Rites of Passage: Studies in Leadership Succession. Ed. by Paul ‘t Hart and John Uhr. Palgrave, 2010, 157-73.

‘Building the Constitution’: Debates; Assumptions; Developments 2000-2010’. In Reconstituting the Constitution. Ed. by Petra Butler. Springer, 2011.

‘Oppositions in New Zealand’. Chapter for book on parliamentary oppositions, edited by Scott Prasser, Nicholas Aroney and John Nethercote. University of Western Australia Press, 2011.