For the first time in decades a Government has started moving away from the delivery of public services specifically designed for Maori. Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University explains what’s behind this development.
Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University forecasts some of the spin likely to accompany Thursday’s Budget. He argues we should be careful not to believe the hype, and the Government shouldn’t be given a free pass if their Budget isn’t up to dealing with the problems facing the country.
One of the biggest threats to the new Labour-led government is the heightened expectations of its supporters. Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University argues the promises and symbolism of transformation need to be matched with substance.
The Electoral Commission has released recommendations on how to improve our democracy. Victoria University’s Dr Bryce Edwards argues our politicians are likely to ignore many of them.
The last week has seen the Labour-led Government confirm it is not going to deviate far from National’s fiscal policies, and will continue to fund public services at similar levels. How do we explain this insistence on fiscal conservatism in the face of clear and urgent need, and growing calls for change? Victoria University’s Dr Bryce Edwards argues that the Finance Minister and his colleagues have become so immersed in pragmatic electoral calculations they’ve lost touch with the shift away from orthodox economics.
New Zealanders are increasingly aware of the huge social, economic and environmental problems facing this country, yet the new Labour-led government seems unwilling to respond with the type of big, bold actions required. Victoria University political scientist Bryce Edwards says Labour has welded itself to a policy of fiscal conservatism, preventing it from making the necessary investments.
Jonathan Coleman is the latest senior minister to switch from politics to business. Victoria University's Bryce Edwards argues it's another example of the problem of New Zealand’s revolving door between the public and private sectors.
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.