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.
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.
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.
In this morning's email we led with the news that the forced closure of an Auckland education provider could pose a serious threat to the export education industry.
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.