NZPSA 2018 Conference, 26-28 November

The New Zealand Political Studies Association 2018 Conference will be hosted by the Political Science and International Relations Programme at Victoria University of Wellington.

Location of the Conference

The 2018 NZPSA Conference is being held at Rutherford House (33 Bunny Street, Pipitea, Wellington - see map location at left) on the Pipitea Campus of Victoria University of Wellington.

The conference dinner on Tuesday November 27th will be held at Parliament.

Conference theme: "Representation and Responsibility"

Questions of representation and responsibility are common in politics: who speaks for whom? Who is responsible for what? How do we hold those who represent and govern us to their commitments? These questions are linked to the exercise of power both within and outside states, the purpose and limits of sovereignty, and the ethics of political action. Debates about the representation of indigenous people, women, migrants, and minorities are especially important in the current politics of representative democracies and postcolonial societies. And questions of responsibility for past and present injustice are salient in debates ranging from the “responsibility to protect” to climate change and global development. We encourage conference participants to reflect on the interplay of representation and responsibility in politics, including (but not exclusively) questions such as: what forms of representation promote the interests and values of disadvantaged groups? How do current patterns of representation affect important socio-economic and political outcomes? How do we distribute responsibility for solving local and global problems? What kinds of responsibilities do political leaders and citizens have for these problems? How do we keep our representatives and rulers accountable?

The conference features three public events to explore this theme – a keynote lecture by Professor Sona Golder from Pennsylvania State University (USA), and two panel discussions entitled “125 Years of Suffrage: Reflections on Women in New Zealand Politics - Past, Present and Future” and “Responsiveness and Responsibility in Coalition Government” – in addition to the usual topic streams.

Conference keynote speaker: Sona Golder

Sona Golder is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Pennsylvania State University. Her expertise is in political institutions, with a particular interest in coalition formation. Her first book, The Logic of Pre-Electoral Coalition Formation, examines the determinants and consequences of electoral alliances in parliamentary democracies. Her most recent book is about Multi-level Electoral Politics. Her other work has appeared in the discipline’s leading journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and Political Analysis.

In addition to being a co-editor for the British Journal of Political Science, an associate editor for Research & Politics, and serving on the editorial boards for the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, and Political Science Research and Methods, she is a co-editor for a new series, the Oxford Politics of Institutions Series, for Oxford University Press. She was also the organizer and host for the 4th Annual Visions in Methodology (VIM) Conference, serve as a VIM mentor for female graduate students and junior faculty, and served as a member of the diversity committee for APSA’s Political Methodology Section.

Conference Dinner Speaker: Linda Clark

Linda Clark is one of New Zealand's most respected journalists. With over 20 years in journalism Linda Clark had covered seven elections and won awards in print, television and radio, including the Qantas Award for Best Current Affairs Story, the Qantas Award for Best News Reporting and the Asia 2000 prize for journalism. She has held some of the most prestigious jobs in media, including being TVNZ’s political editor for seven years. After a very successful career in media, in 2006 Linda Clark decided on a complete change of direction and went on to study Law. Currently she works as Special Counsel at Kensington Swan, specialising in public law and is Deputy Chair of the Board of the New Zealand organisation for rare diseases.

Conference Accommodation

The James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

147 The Terrace, Wellington, 6011 (Map)

Room Rate: $239.00 incl. GST per night (run of house room)

Conference rate available from 25/11/2018 to 29/11/2018

For reservations email: or  Tel: 04-499 9500

Group Name:  Victoria University PSA Conference;  Booking Code: 306066

The Thorndon Wellington (by Rydges)

24 Hawkestone Street, Thorndon, Wellington 6011 (Map)

Room rate: $169.00 incl. GST per room per night (for up to two occupants)

Conference rate available for evenings of  25/11/2018 to 28/11/2018

For reservations email: or Tel: 04-473-2208

Group name: Victoria University of Wellington Conference;  Booking Code: X-VUW251118

Victoria University Accommodation Services - Halls of Residence

Boulcott Hall

  • Located in the CBD - central
  • single rooms with shared bathrooms
  • Tea/coffee making facilities in the communal areas
  • Communal area with TV, lounge and dining area
  • Access to communal areas with fridge/freezer, microwave and kettle/toaster
  • $60 pp/pn (room only)
  • Promo code: NZPSA2018

Katharine Jermyn Hall

  • Located in the CBD - central
  • single rooms with shared bathrooms
  • Access to communal areas with fridge/freezer, microwave and kettle/toaster
  • Gym, social areas can be used too
  • $75 pp/pn (bed & breakfast)
  • Promo code: NZPSA2018

Te Puni Village

  • Located next to Victoria University – Kelburn Campus
  • 15 min walking distance into CBD
  • single rooms with shared bathrooms
  • Access to communal areas with fridge, microwave and kettle/toaster
  • A fully catered hall so we can offer Catering here
  • $60 pp/pn
  • Catering prices: $35 pp/pn including breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Promo code: NZPSA2018

All our Vic Uni Accommodation Services rates include:

  • Bedding, linen and towels
  • Wi-Fi
  • Use of all social areas

Stream convenors

Papers will be sorted into the following streams to be considered by the respective stream convenor. If you have questions or would like some guidance on your paper, please feel free to contact the relevant convenor.

Postgraduate workshop

The 2018 Postgraduate Workshop is being coordinated by Leonardo Milani. It will be held on Sunday 25 November, the day before the conference begins. More details will be announced closer to the conference.

Further information

For more information visit the NZPSA website.


Chair of the 2018 Conference organising committee: Ayca Arkilic

For general enquiries please email