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Feature articles

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Opinion: Jacinda Ardern and the upcoming election

The selection of Jacinda Ardern for leader of the Labour party has major implications for both the upcoming election campaign and for democracy in New Zealand.

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The legacy of the Six Day War

To celebrate the Department's 50th anniversary, staff share reflections on politics during the past 50 years.

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News and events

NZPSA Conference

Monday, 27 November 2017

The Department of Politics is very pleased to be hosting the 2017 New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Conference in Dunedin on 29 November - 1 December.

Politics PhD receives exceptional recognition

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Luca J. Uberti’s will graduate with a PhD at the next graduation ceremony of the University of Otago. His PhD thesis has been placed on the Dean’s List of Exceptional Theses, a rare honour bestowed only on the very best of PhDs.

Staff video

Professor William Harris, Middle Eastern Studies

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Professor William Harris, Middle Eastern Studies

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