Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

Upcoming Public Lectures

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Note: To view the public lectures given earlier on in 2014; many with lecture reviews, power point slides and video recordings, see here.

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ON HOLD

Managing Guerilla Government: The Ethics of Dissent

DATE: ON HOLD
VENUE: Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Rutherford House Lecture Theatre 2 (RHLT)
TIME: 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Speaker: Professor Rosemary O'Leary
Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor of Public Administration at the University of Kansas

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Guerrilla government” is Rosemary O'Leary's term for the actions of career public servants who work against the wishes—either implicitly or explicitly communicated—of their superiors. This form of dissent is usually carried out by those who are dissatisfied with the actions of public organizations, programs, or people, but typically, for strategic reasons, choose not to go public with their concerns in whole or in part. Rather than acting openly, guerrillas often move clandestinely behind the scenes, salmon swimming against the current of power. Guerrillas run the spectrum from anti-establishment liberals to fundamentalist conservatives, from constructive contributors to deviant destroyers.

Rosemary O'Leary will talk about her thesis that guerrilla government is about the power of career bureaucrats; the tensions between career bureaucrats and political appointees; organization culture; and what it means to act responsibly, ethically, and with integrity as a public servant.

 

PUBLIC LECTURE - ALL WELCOME

 

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Monday 11 August 2014

Collaboration Governance in
New Zealand:
Important Choices Ahead

DATE: Monday 11 August
VENUE: Nau Mai Room at Te Puni Kokiri, 143 Lambton Quay

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TIME: 1pm - 2pm

Please note that this public lecture are strictly limited and on a first-come first-served basis.

Speaker: Professor Rosemary O'Leary
Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor of Public Administration at the University of Kansas

‘Collaboration’ is one of those words we hear a lot these days. Like ‘sustainability’ it has become a buzz-word. Studies have shown that collaboration can allow individuals and organisations to accomplish things they could not do alone. In particular, it can improve the effectiveness of publicly-funded programmes, as well as allowing citizens to engage creatively in governance issues.  But the term ‘collaboration’ can mean different things to different people. A government official might not use it in the same way as a citizen, for example, and this can lead to misunderstandings. Citizens may feel they have been invited to play a role in the business of government, and become disappointed or cynical when their expectations are not fulfilled.  People start to think that ‘collaboration’ just means talk, not action, or that it is just another passing management fad. 


In this presentation, Rosemary O’Leary will present the findings of her six month study of collaboration in New Zealand.  O’Leary defines collaboration as “two or more organizations working together to accomplish something they cannot accomplish alone” and adds that “collaboration can include the public.”  O’Leary will focus on what acts as a catalyst for collaboration, and what hinders it.  She will talk about the major challenges and choices involved in deciding whether and when to collaborate. 

 

PUBLIC LECTURE - RSVP HERE

 

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19 & 26 August 2014

OXFAM 2014 Electoral Debate Series

DATE: 19 and 26 August
VENUE: Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus
TIME: 6pm - 8pm

Details to come.

 

 

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Monday 19 September 2014

Rural Ageing: Who Cares?

DATE: Monday 19 September
VENUE: Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Old Government Buildings (Law School) GBLT2
TIME: 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Speaker: Dr. Norah Keating, Professor of Human Ecology at the University of Alabama

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The IGPS in association with NZAG is excited to present this public lecture on Rural Ageing from gerontologist Norah Keating who is visiting New Zealand from the University of Alabama as the keynote speaker at the annual New Zealand Association of Gerontology (NZAG) conference.

Dr. Keating is a family gerontologist who is interested in issues faced by older adults and their families. As Director of IAGG's Global Social Initiative on Ageing, her research and capacity-building focuses on families and aging, liveability of older adults, and care.

She is engaged in international research on liveability of communities for older adults in Australia, Canada and South Africa. As well, she is involved in a program of research on economic, health and social costs of care in Canada and China. She teaches in the areas of families and aging, older people and their environments, and family theory.

 

 

PUBLIC LECTURE - ALL WELCOME

 

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Friday 26 September 2014

A New Zealand perspective on Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st century

DATE: Friday 26 September
VENUE:Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Old Government Buildings (Law School) GBLT2
TIME: 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Speaker: Dr. Geoff Bertram, Senior Associate with the IGPS

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DR. BERTRAM CLICK HERE

Piketty has recently proposed that market capitalism tends, in the absence of taxes and regulation, to a highly unequal distribution of income and wealth, the sustainability of which under democratic government is potentially problematic.

Piketty's dataset includes several English-speaking settler economies –

New Zealand, Australia, and Canada – and seems to argue that distribution

in this periphery will tend to converge to that in the European-US core. Piketty argues also that past inequality in the settler economies (including the USA) was tempered by the cheapness and abundance of land but that land has now dropped out as a leading repository of wealth.

The paper will review Piketty's main theses and reflect on their application to New Zealand.

 

PUBLIC LECTURE - ALL WELCOME

 

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Friday 17 October 2014

When Collaboration Goes Wrong - The Perverse Incentives of Community Enterprise

DATE: Friday 17 October
VENUE:Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Old Government Buildings (Law School) GBLT2
TIME: 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Speaker: Dr Jonathan Scott, Head of Centre for Strategy and Leadership, Reader in Entrepreneurship, Teesside University (UK)

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Details to come.

 

PUBLIC LECTURE - ALL WELCOME

 

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Friday 24 October 2014

Decolonisation and Economic Performance in Small Island Economies

DATE: Friday 24 October
VENUE:Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Rutherford House, RHLT2
TIME: 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Speaker: Dr. Geoff Bertram, Senior Associate with the IGPS

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DR. BERTRAM CLICK HERE

Economic and social convergence versus divergence in small island economies: a historical review of how differences in political status arose and how they affect modern outcomes.

Small islands (under a million population) are among the most numerous economic entities in the global system, but the least studied.  A stylised fact from the past couple of decades is that islands which became sovereign independent nation states after decolonisation have significantly lower income per capita than islands which remained affiliated to metropolitan patrons as sub-national jurisdictions.  Explaining this apparent divergence associated with political status since 1945 presents an interesting challenge, given the scarcity of reliable long-run data.  The paper presents and discusses competing hypotheses and empirical results from recent work in this area.

 

PUBLIC LECTURE - ALL WELCOME

 

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