Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

Upcoming Events

 

AUGUST

21 August:

Public Input

26 August:

OXFAM Debate 2

27 August:

Public Sector Projects Gone Wrong

 

SEPTEMBER

2 September:

Privacy and Big Data

19 September:

Rural Ageing

25 September:

Community Governance Workshop

26 September:

Piketty's Capital in the 21st century

 

OCTOBER

17 October:

When Collaboration Goes Wrong

20 October:

Wild Dreams and Realistic Visions

24 October: Small Island Economies

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

19 & 26 August 2014

OXFAM 2014 Electoral Debate Series

Oxfam has invited spokespeople from National, Labour, Greens, Māori, NZ First and Internet MANA parties to present their policies, debate their differences and answer your questions on these two critical election issues. 

 

During the debate, audience members will be encouraged to interact and vote on issues through the app 'Go Soapbox'. It is very simple to use, simply click the link below, enter the access code: 321321321 and away you go!

 

https://app.gosoapbox.com/

 

Two election debates are planned for Wellington in August. Check out the OXFAM facebook page or their website for more details:

 

Round 1: Foreign Affairs

19 August 6.00-7.30pm

Victoria University Pipitea Campus

Government Buildings Lecture Theatre 2

Round 2: Climate Change

26 August 6.00-7.30pm

Victoria University Pipitea Campus

Rutherford House Lecture Theatre 1

The debates will be a chance to hear the parties’ policies on these issues, especially as they relate to international development and also to give the public a chance to ask their questions directly to the parties’ spokespeople.

 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A PRINTABLE FLYER FOR THIS EVENT

PUBLIC LECTURE - ALL WELCOME

Thursday 21 August 2014

Improving Public Input in Government:

The ministers perspective and recommendations for future practice

Public participation is seen as essential to modern democracy to give people a voice in politics, but governments are often criticized for not listening to public input, even though no one has considered what it looks like from their perspective. Associate Professor Jennifer Lees-Marshment has completed research on how to integrate public input with leadership in government, having interviewed 51 ministers in the UK, NZ, Australia, Canada and the US which shows how they value public input and currently integrate it into their decision-making.

 

Drawing on the interviews as well as academic and practitioner sources she will recommend that to improve public input in government for the benefit of the public and politicians, government needs to create and all-of-government unit for Public Input, appoint a Minister of Public Input and fully train Ministry of Public Input staff, creating a career path for civil servants in public input.

 

The seminar will explain these recommendations and invite discussion as to what practitioners involved in public input can do in light of the research recommendations.

 

READ THE REPORT HERE

Speaker
Dr Jennifer Lees-Marshment

Associate Professor Political Studies, The University of Auckland

Date: Thursday 21 August
Venue: Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Rutherford House, RHLT2
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm

PUBLIC LECTURE - ALL WELCOME

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Why Public Sector Projects Go Wrong:

The (even greater) challenge of inherently governmental factors

Far too often, big projects (such as for infrastructure, systems, services or policy development) go over time, over budget and/or don’t work. Bent Flyvbjerg (2009a; 2009b, 2014) has led the way in putting forward concepts or models explaining these failures.  He attributes them to key factors (besides luck) One is what he calls delusion: the propensity of project sponsors or planners to overstate the possibilities and understate the potential problems – a tendency prompted both by cognitive biases and high-level expectations. The other is deception: the propensity of some project sponsors or champions to strategically misrepresent the benefits and costs of projects in order to secure funding.


This very preliminary presentation argues that public sector projects are even more prone to failure than private sector ones, because the factors identified by Flyvbjerg apply with even greater force in the public sector, as well as being inherent in the structures and processes of government.

Speaker
Professor John Alford

Professor of Public Sector Management, ANZSOG (Australia New Zealand School of Government

Date: Wednesday 27 August
Venue: Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Old Government Buildings (Law School) GBLT2
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm

PUBLIC LECTURE - ALL WELCOME

Tuesday 2 September

iMSD Evidence Workshop:

Privacy and Big Data

Government is increasingly using large administrative data sets for both research and service delivery. The increasingly sophisticated use of this 'big data' has many potential benefits for citizens as both consumers and funders of government services. However running alongside these benefits are potential risks to individual privacy from the aggregation and re-use of information.

 

The Privacy Act can have implications for the way aggregated data and personally identifiable data is used for research and service delivery. Particular challenges arise in certain contexts, such as predictive risk modelling. Getting privacy right is not something to be balanced against these benefits. It is instead a condition that will enable these new analytical and service delivery capabilities to be sustainable. The public needs to be able to trust that Government agencies will use their increasingly large collections of personal information responsibly.

Speaker
John Edwards

Privacy Commissioner

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON JOHN EDWARDS AND THE PRIVACY COMMISSION

Date: Tuesday 2 August
Venue: Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Bowen State Building Ministry of Social Development
Time: 12.00pm - 1.00pm

PUBLIC LECTURE - ALL WELCOME

Friday 19 September 2014

Rural Ageing:

Who cares?

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.

Speaker
Dr. Norah Keating

Professor of Human Ecology at the University of Alabama

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DR KEATING'S WORK

Date: Friday 19 September
Venue: Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Old Government Buildings (Law School) GBLT2
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm

PUBLIC LECTURE - ALL WELCOME

Thursday 25 Septmeber 2014

LGNZ Community Governance Workshop

Making community governance work for you and your communities

Local government’s communities are an enormous source of knowledge, capability and resource for getting stuff done. In New Zealand as well as internationally councils are waking up to this and finding new and exciting ways of working with their communities. But so are higher tiers of government, often bypassing local government. Private sector and civil society organisations are also increasingly involved. Will local government retain its central role in local governance, or will it simply be one of a number of different players?

 

This workshop is your chance to learn what’s happening in community governance internationally from leading researchers and practitioners. Our panel includes Peter McKinlay who has written and presented extensively in New Zealand and elsewhere on community governance, Dr Paul Leistner from Portland Oregon recognised across the US as a leader in the ‘how to’ of community governance, and representatives of Thames Coromandel District Council, and of the Bendigo & Adelaide Bank Ltd almost certainly Australasia’s leading practitioners of community governance.

 

Themes will include:

  • What’s happening with community governance including the growing role of central governments - is local government being bypassed?
  • The value proposition. Why community governance is not just good for democracy, but good for improving service delivery and reducing cost.
  • How to build and maintain a network of self-identifying neighbourhoods (including capacity, capability, resilience, legitimacy and representativeness).
  • The role of neighbourhood associations in facilitating better planning and expenditure by local councils and higher tiers of government.

View the workshop agenda or read the workshop outline for more content

Date:  Thursday 25 September
Venue:  Kingsgate Hotel, 24 Hawkestone Street, Wellington
Room:  Molesworth Room

Time: 9am - 4.30pm

 

Pricing:
LGNZ Member:  $350 + gst per person
Non LGNZ Member: $450 + gst per person

REGISTER HERE

Friday 26 September 2014

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

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.

Speaker
Dr. Geoff Bertram

Senior Associate with the IGPS

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DR. BERTRAM CLICK HERE

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

PUBLIC LECTURE - ALL WELCOME

Friday 17 October 2014

When Collaboration Goes Wrong

The Perverse Incentives of Community Enterprise

Details to come.

Speaker
Dr Jonathan Scott

Head of Centre for Strategy and Leadership, Reader in Entrepreneurship, Teesside University (UK)

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DR. SCOTT CLICK HERE

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

PUBLIC LECTURE - ALL WELCOME

Monday 20 October 2014

Wild Dreams and Realistic Visions

What restorative justice could look like in the next decade

Details to come.

Speaker
Dr Howard Zehr

Distinguished Professor of Restorative Justice at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia and Co-director of the Zehr Institute

 

Dr Howard Zehr is Distinguished Professor of Restorative Justice at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia and Co-director of the Zehr Institute. Often called the “grandfather of restorative justice”, Professor Zehr has an international reputation as his pioneering work in developing the theory and practice of restorative justice.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DR. ZEHR CLICK HERE

Date: Monday 20 October
Venue: Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Old Government Buildings (Law School) GBLT3
Time: 5.30pm - 6.30pm

PUBLIC LECTURE - ALL WELCOME

Friday 24 October 2014

Decolonisation and Economic Performance in Small Island Economies

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.

Speaker
Dr. Geoff Bertram

Senior Associate with the IGPS

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DR. BERTRAM CLICK HERE

Date: Friday 24 October
Venue: Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Rutherford House, RHLT2
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm

PUBLIC LECTURE - ALL WELCOME


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