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This conference explores the relationship between two new concepts emerging in the 21st century: ‘global citizenship’ and ‘global constitutionalism’.  It picks up on the phrase ‘We the Peoples’ from which the UN Charter derives its legitimacy. It explores what might this mean in the 21st c. for strengthening the constitutional basis at the global level, in all three branches of governance – executive, legislative, judicial.
Date: Friday 22nd July
Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm
Location: Rutherford House, Lecture Theatre 3
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Join Australia’s pre-eminent election analyst Antony Green for an analysis of the 2016 election. As the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Election Analyst, Antony is the face of election night coverage in Australia. He has worked on more than 60 federal, state and territory elections, as well as local government elections, numerous by-elections and covered elections in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Canada for the ABC.  As well as his research and on-air work with the ABC, Antony designed the ABC's election night computer system and a number of the ABC election site's analysis tools including the predictive pendulum and Senate calculators.
Date: Thursday 28th July
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: Government Buildings, Lecture Theatre 2

Speaker: Antony Green. Antony studied at the University of Sydney and was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Pure Mathematics and Computer Science, and a Bachelor of Economics with Honours in politics. He was granted an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Sydney in 2014 and appointed an Adjunct Professor in the University of Sydney's Department of Government and International Relations in 2015. Antony's expertise is in electoral systems, voter behaviour and election night result modelling. He has prepared numerous publications for parliamentary libraries and contributes to parliamentary enquiries into elections.

The centrepiece of economists’ advocacy of market solutions to public policy problems is the invisible hand doctrine attributed to the Scottish founder of the discipline, Adam Smith.  It is the idea that self-interested individuals operating in an appropriate institutional context (e.g. markets, secure property rights, free competition) generate a stable order and generally beneficial outcomes for society, though this need not have been their intention.  This idea has been dressed in mathematical garments and many caveats attached since Smith wrote, but it remains central to market advocacy.
This presentation will explore the background to invisible hand in Adam Smith’s writings, especially the religious context and the connection to the Christian doctrine of providence.  It will discuss the connection of the invisible hand to Smith’s concerns about rising inequality in the early stages of the industrial revolution in Britain, and his anxieties about the long term stability of the market society he saw emerging.  In view of this background, why do we believe it, and how did this idea come to dominate public policy discussion?
Date: Friday 29th July
Time: 12:30am - 1:30pm
Location: Government Buildings, Lecture Theatre 3
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Oslington-picProfessor Paul Oslington is the Inaugural Dean of Business and Professor of Economics at Alphacrucis College in Sydney. From 2008-2013 he was Professor of Economics at Australian Catholic University where he held a joint appointment in the School of Business and the School of Theology. From 2000-2008 Associate Professor of Economics at UNSW/ADFA. His primary area of research is the interdisciplinary field of economics and religion. Amongst his publications are Adam Smith as Theologian (Routledge, 2011) and the Oxford Handbook of Christianity and Economics (Oxford University Press, 2014), which he edited.

International public management scholars frequently make their way to Wellington to admire the rigour, comprehensiveness and courage of NZ’s various grand schemes for public sector reform, the latest of which is of course Better Public Services.
But in all the excitement, it can be useful to bring the painstaking and sometimes sceptical eye of the professional historian to the last big reform, and the one before that. What did they really achieve and what’s left over from previous reform efforts which might actually be getting in the way of what we’re doing now?
For the view from both London and Wellington and the chance to contribute your own perspective, please join our two thought provoking speakers as they look both forward and back.
Date: Friday 5th August
Time: 12:30am - 1:45pm. Registration & refreshments from 12noon
Location: Rydges Hotel, 75 Featherston Street
RSVP: You Must RSVP ONLINE by 3rd August
Speakers: Dr Caroline Haddon, historian at Institute for Government, UK; Colin James, political journalist and commentator; Dr Michael Macaulay, Director, IGPS. View the event flyer.

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