A proliferation of reviews, inquiries, and independent panels have been launched by the new government. Victoria University’s Dr Bryce Edwards argues this government is in danger of being struck down by “review-itis”, and this isn’t good for democracy.
The Labour Party is far from poor. In fact, the latest political funding and spending news suggests it’s actually flush with cash. Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University looks at how modern political finance trends mean that “money follows power” rather than just going to the parties of the right.
Debates about gender and women’s position in society continue to gain mainstream prominence. On International Working Women’s Day, Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University discusses feminism’s continued rise.
Bryce Edwards of Victoria University of Wellington, calls for more transparency around political commentary. He raises questions about the use of so many political insiders, and points to Thursday’s revelations involving a Beehive spin-doctor providing commentary for RNZ.
Political commentator Bryce Edwards points out the recent move of an interim chief of staff for Jacinda Ardern straight back into his own lobbying firm would be impossible in other countries that regulate lobbyists. He calls for more transparency.
Political scientist Bryce Edwards surveys what’s happening in the fledgling Opportunities party, and suggests the party needs some of the radical change they advocate for others.
Political scientist Bryce Edwards argues New Zealand needs to have a careful debate now about China's use of soft power to influence our political system, rather than ignore it and face a nasty one later.
Political scientist Bryce Edwards called late last month for a coalition to form to fix the Official Information Act. He reports back on a positive initial response in and around Government.
Political scientist Bryce Edwards argues that the whole aftermath of the CTV building collapse, including the decision made by the Police not to prosecute anyone, should reduce public confidence in both New Zealand’s buildings and political system.
Political scientist Bryce Edwards calls on public servants, academics and journalists to form a coalition to fix the Official Information Act.