Institute for Governance and Policy Studies






Adapting to climate change during the 21st century poses unprecedented technical, administrative and political challenges for which new governance arrangements, planning frameworks and funding instruments will be required. In particular, there are strong efficiency and equity grounds for New Zealand establishing a new funding mechanism (or mechanisms) to help cover the costs of adapting to sea level rise. Such a mechanism would serve as an anticipatory governance device. It would be designed primarily to minimize changing natural hazard risk by facilitating managed retreat and related climate-proofing activities. It would thus complement the role of EQC, which is a post-disaster risk-sharing mechanism. The seminar will outline the case for a new adaptation fund and explore how it might be designed, funded and administered.
Date: Friday 20th October
Time: 12:30 - 1:30pm
Venue: Old Government Buildings, Lecture Theatre 1 (behind the main building)
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Speakers: Jonathan Boston, Professor of Public Policy at School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington; Judy Lawrence, Senior Research Fellow at NZ Climate Change Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington and co-chair of the government's Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group.
Deliberative democracy is usually thought to be a set of small-scale practices which engage citizens directly in public decision making, irrelevant to large-scale questions of democratic systems and states.
This talk outlines the deliberative systems approach and show how it can help illuminate pressing large scale issues in democracy, including the relationship between democracy, bureaucracy, and power relations more generally. It identifies a set of issues which call for rather different fixes than those traditionally associated with deliberative theory. The talk illustrates with examples drawn from three cases: the Scottish independence campaign of 2014; the Irish marriage equality campaign of 2016; and ongoing efforts to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian constitution.
Date: Wednesday 25th October
Time: 12:30 - 1:30pm
Venue: Old Government Buildings, Lecture Theatre 4 (first floor of the main building)
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Speaker: John Parkinson is Professor of Politics at Griffith University, Brisbane. His published work includes Deliberating in the Real World (Oxford 2006), Democracy and Public Space (Oxford 2012) and, with Jane Mansbridge (Harvard) Deliberative Systems (Cambridge 2012). He is currently working on an ARC-funded project called Sparking a National Conversation. Originally a Wellingtonian, John has held appointments at the Universities of York and Warwick (UK), where he taught public policy and democratic theory.

Panel of speakers:

Prof Paul Dalziel, Professor of Economics, Lincoln University

Stacey Kirk, political reporter, Fairfax Media

Deborah Morris Travers, former NZ First MP & former Green Party Chief of Staff

Dr Verna Smith, School of Government, VUW

Chair: Prof Jonathan Boston

Date: Friday 27th October
Time: 12:30 - 1:30pm
Venue: Old Government Buildings, Lecture Theatre 1 (behind the main building)

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