Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

Previous Events 2015

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December

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10 Dec: Administrative Society

Speaker: Associate Professor Anders Forssell, Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden

Anders Forssell

Administrative society means a society where a seemingly endless stream of policies generates massive administrative work, and where this work intrudes into and adds to the daily workload of most professional and other occupational groups.  In this seminar Anders Forssell will present a study of administrative society, based mainly on data from the Swedish public sector, and in particular from the school and health care sectors.

8 Dec: The Open Government PartnershipL: Looking back and moving forward

Speaker: Dr Michael Macaulay, Director, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies and Tim Blackmore, State Services Commission

View the presentation from the seminar.

Read more about the OGP

4 Dec: Can we 'Nudge' Citizens Towards Better Civic Behaviour?

Generations of law makers and public managers have discovered that encouraging desirable behaviour by citizens and, conversely, discouraging bad behaviour, are not easy tasks. This explains the appeal and exponential growth of interest in behavioural insights, or 'nudging', as a way of improving our capacity to achieve the behavioural change we seek.

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Liz Richardson
Senior Lecturer & Director, Undergraduate Studies
for Politics, University of Manchester

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Scott Miller
Chief Executive, Volunteering NZ

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27 Nov: Why Has the Crisis in (most) Western Economies not Produced a Crisis in Economics?

Speaker: Professor Robert Wade, Professor of Political Economy & Development, London School of Economics

Robert WadeRobert Wade is currently Professor of Political Economy and Development at the Development Studies Institute (DESTIN) at the London School of Economics. He has previously worked at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex, and at the World Bank. He has undertaken fieldwork in a range of countries including Italy, India, Korea, Taiwan and even Pitcairn Island. He is the author of many books and scholarly articles. In 2008 he was the join recipient of the Leontief Prize in recognition of his outstanding contribution to economic theory that addressed contemporary realities and supported just and sustainable societies.

 

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24 Nov: Government Purchasing: getting it right

Speakers: Karen English, Shelley Hancock and Wendy Venter
Moderator: Janine McGruddy

The New Zealand State sector spends approximately $30 billion on goods and services, including infrastructure, each year. How do we balance the emphasis on business efficiency with greater emphasis on value for money and the interests of citizens and taxpayers? What is being done to extend proactive disclosure of procurement information? And how are explicit anti-corruption provisions being incorporated? Come along and hear the latest thinking and best practice from a range of contributors to the discussion on improving effectiveness and risk mitigation in procurement.

Karen English is the principal procurement policy advisor at the Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment.

Shelley Hancock is the senior manager of procurement for student achievement at the Ministry of Education.

Wendy Venter is a partner at Ernst and Young..

Janine McGruddy is the Director of Transparency International NZ and a public sector strategist.

 

23 Nov: Where Does Liberty Thrive? The ecological origins of democracy and autocracyPhoto of Stephen Haber

Speaker: Professor Stephen Haber

 

Stephen Haber is the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution; the A.A. and Jeanne Welch Milligan Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Standford University; as well as professor of political science, professor of history, and professor of economics (by courtesy), in addition to being a senior fellow of both the Standford Institute for Economic Policy and the Standord Centre for International Research.

 

You can read his full biography here.

 

10 Nov: How can Public Participation Help Solve Policy Problems?

Abraham Lincoln’s magisterial Gettysburg Address is usually credited for the phrase ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people’. More than 150 years later, we can easily recognise how our representative democracy deals with ‘of’ and ‘for’ - but where are we when it comes to ‘by’?
What could we gain in better public policy and more effective program and service delivery if we encouraged and harnessed the many voices of ordinary citizens? Would this also help address the growing trust deficit between people and governments?

Speakers: Tina Nabatchi, is an ANZSOG Visiting Scholar, and Associate Professor Public Administration and International Relations, Maxwell College. Additional speaker in Wellington, Kenneth Aiolupotea, Head of Market Research & Engagement, Auckland Council.

Tina Nabatchi photoTina Nabatchi is an associate professor of public administration and international affairs at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, where she also co-directs the Collaborative Governance Initiative for the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC). Tina’s research focuses on public participation, collaborative governance, and conflict resolution. She has authored over 50 publications, including two recent books: Public Participation for 21st Century Democracy and Collaborative Governance Regimes. Her award-winning research and teaching is internationally recognized. She has presented to, consulted for, and trained a wide variety of executive and professional groups from around the world, and has worked with numerous U.S. agencies and nongovernmental organizations. Tina has also has worked with the World Bank to design and implement a massive open online course (MOOC) about citizen participation, and she continues to work with the White House on the development and evaluation of U.S. National Action Plans for Open Government.

Kenneth Aiolupotea, a born and bred Kiwi of Pacific descent, is Head of Market Research and Engagement at Auckland City Council. He leads a team employing research, consultation and community engagement to ensure Aucklanders have the right opportunities to have their say and participate meaningfully in local decision making. Kenneth has a background in qualitative research in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, with a BA from the University of Otago and an MA from the University of Auckland.

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5 Oct: Sunlight or Shadows? Analysing the Open Budget Survey 2015

 

View presentations from the seminar
Read the Open Budget Survey report for New Zealand here.

 

 

22 Sep: Trading on Our Reputation: Integrity and its importance to New Zealand's Tourism sector

With Transparency International
Speakers: Al Morrison, Chief Deputy State Services Commissioner; Michael Baines, Chief Executive, MOtel Association of NZ; Moderator - Mark Sainsbury

 

See more at Transparency International New Zealand

 

17 Sep: Why is Britain Badly Governed: And what might be done about it?
by Sir Ivor Crewe

Successive British governments led by both the Conservative and Labour parties launch too many policy initiatives that fail to meet their objectives, waste large amounts of money and cause widespread dissatisfaction amounting sometimes to human distress. The causes are rooted both in the failings of our politicians and senior officials and in the policy-making system in which they operate. Are there ways to improve the quality of our governing classes? How should the UK’s  political institutions be reformed in order to reduce the scale of government blunders? What lessons can be learned from, and imparted to, other parliamentary democracies?

Sir Ivor Crewe was elected Master of University College, Oxford in 2008. He was Vice Chancellor of the University of Essex from 1995 to 2007, following spells as Pro Vice Chancellor Academic, founding Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research and Head of the Department of Government.

During his period as Vice Chancellor Sir Ivor was actively engaged on the national policy scene in higher education. He was President of UniversitiesUK from 2003 to 2005, when he led the university sector in support of the Labour Government’s proposals for higher tuition fees.

He is currently a governor of the European University Institute in Florence, the School of Oriental and African Studies and the University of the Arts London.  He is Chairman of the  Higher Education Policy Institute and an adviser to the Office for Fair Access.

Sir Ivor’s academic work focuses on British politics. He has written extensively on elections, public opinion and party politics in the UK. His books include Decade of Dealignment (with Bo Sarlvik) and SDP: The Birth, Life and Death of the Social Democratic Party (with Anthony King). In 2013 he published as co-author with Anthony King The Blunders of our Governments (OneWorld Publishers).

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3 Sep: Yes We Can! A plan for significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Speaker: James Shaw, Co-leader of the Green Party

 

Text from James Shaw's presentation is available here.

31 Aug: Special Event - Talk by President of Asian Development Bank, Takehiko Nakao

As globalization and economic integration deepen, regional cooperation and integration becomes more important for future growth and development. Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takahiko Nakao will discuss the economic situations and outlook for Asia and the Pacific countries and their responses to policy challenges during a special public address at Victoria University, 31 August, 2015. The address will include the way in which ADB is supporting different subregions of Asia, as well as the status of regional cooperation initiatives and development challenges specific to New Zealand's Pacific island neighbors

 

In association with the School of Geography, Enviornment and Earth Sciences

25 Aug: New Zealand is Corruption-free - or is it? Why do we need the Organized Crimes and Anti-Corruption Legislation Bill? Why does NZ need to fully ratify the UN Convention Against Corruption?

Speakers: Louella Cumming, Partner KPMG Advisory practice and Head of Government Services for KPMG New Zealan
Fiona Tregonning, Senior Associate, Bell Gully, past director of Transparency International New Zealand, and
Kirk Hope, Chief Executive, NZ Bankers Association

The Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Legislation Bill is into its second reading (you can read all of the submitted evidence here). One of the stated aims of the Bill is to update New Zealand legislation so that it will finally be able to ratify the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and other international commitments. What does the Bill mean for business, government and the community? Why must NZ fully ratify the UNCAC?

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12 Aug: Making Administrative Reform Work: Lessons learned from Indonesia

Speaker: Professor Eko Prasojo, University of Indonesia

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Strategic Management in a changing public sector

an ANZSOG Workshop

Being strategic is crucial but often very difficult for managers in a complex and changing public sector. Even in normal times purposes can be difficult to define and outcomes hard to measure, and the turbulent political environment in which we operate amplifies this.

 

But now we face abnormal times: government organisations confront increasingly wicked problems, with no easy answers, or they need to be more agile or resilient. But at the same time, budgets are shrinking, and on top of all that, they have to maintain 'business as usual'.

 

This two-day workshop focuses on how to be strategic in this challenging context. It offers frameworks and concepts for making sense of these public sector realities and shaping coherent ways of tackling them.

 

This workshop is ideal for all middle and senior managers, as strategy is a core need at these levels. Anyone involved in strategy, policy, collaboration or relationship/stakeholder management will find it relevant to their work. Managers in central agencies, line agencies and regulators will find it equally applicable.

Course Leader:

 

Professor John Alford

Professor of Public Sector Management at the Melbourne Business School (MBS), University of Melbourne, and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)

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A More Inclusive New Zealand -presented by IGPS, Treasury, Superu, Statistics NZ and Greater Wellington Regional Council,

A National Forum including the University of Otago, The Salvation Army, The Family Centre, Children's Commissioner and Wellington City Mission

The purpose of the forum was to bring government, non-government and community organisations together to discuss ideas and action on how to create a more inclusive New Zealand. The forum will promote discussion and diversity of thought. The forum will be evidence and story driven and solution focussed.

 

The forum is essentially a collaborative workshop bringing together government, non-government and community organisations to discuss ideas and action on how to create a more inclusive New Zealand. The goal is to develop a shared understanding of the key issues that will allow every New Zealander to fully participate in the economy and society, with a focus on enhancing opportunities and capabilities. As part of this we hope to develop a better understanding of the appropriate balance between government, non-government organisations and communities in enhancing a more inclusive New Zealand.

 

The core part of the day will be focussed around conversation sessions. National experts (such as Diane Robertson – Auckland City Mission, David Hanna – Wesley Community Action, Dr Lance O'Sullivan – GP from Northland; see below) will talk about issues around Māori well-being, hardship, regional well-being, children, communities, housing and health. The conversation sessions will be structured around their stories, identifying the drivers, influences, systems and processes. Participants will split into small groups to identify and discuss issues and key drivers and potential processes and solutions. The last part of the day will include reflection on what was developed from the conversation sessions and how we can take this forward.

International Keynote Speakers:

 

Stephen Jenkins - London School of Economics

Intragenerational Income Mobility and Poverty Dynamics

Miles Corak - University of Ottawa

Intergenerational Social Mobility and Inequality

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Identifying What Works: Using randomised control trials in public policy

National Symposium presented by Ministry of Social Development, Superu, The Treasury, and IGPS

Speakers:

  • Professor Sir Peter Gluckman
  • Professor David Fergusson
  • Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman
  • Professor Stuart McNaughton
  • Professor Richie Poulton
  • Associate Professor Tim Dare
  • Dr Sarah-Baird
  • David McKenzie
  • Berk Özler Moderator and MC Associate Professor Michael Macaulay

Resources:

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It Is Not a Test:

The safety limit has been exceeded and now we face a failure limit with risks too severe to ignore

Atmospheric CO concentration of 350 ppm was not a target, it was a safety limit

 

In December 2015, the 21st Session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) will be held in Paris. Around the world, citizens, organizations, institutions and governments are reacting to the IPCC 5th Report and calling for urgent action to arrest the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere in order to limit climate warming to less than 2°C. The IPCC's 80% reduction below 1990 gross greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is not a target, rather it is a climate system failure limit. The climate science has resolved the risks of adding 550 Gt more carbon to the atmosphere as carrying unacceptable risks of catastrophic failure of essential systems across the entire planet.

 

Our country's target to reduce emissions as our contribution to the new international climate change agreement should be ambitious and begin immediately. We should transition to an economy not dependent on oil use given our geographic isolation and our economy's exposure to imported oil.

 

Wise Response

 

This event will feature a panel from the Wise Response Society, led by Sir Alan Mark, Emeritus Professor of Botany, Otago University. The panelists will give a short presentation on the WR recommendation for NZ's carbon commitment followed by open discussion. The WR team will be presenting their submission to a public hearing of the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee at Parliament at 10:00am 1 July.

 

The Wise Response www.wiseresponse.org.nz is an on-going open petition appeal to New Zealand's Parliament to comprehensively assess imminent risks to our environmental, social, economic and cultural well-being. The appeal was launched in May 2013 (http://sustainablelens.org/?p=459) with signatures of 100 prominent New Zealanders, and a petition was presented to Parliament in April 2014 with more than 1000 signatures. https://home.greens.org.nz/speeches/kennedy-graham-speaks-climate-change

Speakers:

  • Emeritus Professor Alan Mark - University of Otago Professor

  • Susan Krumdieck - Canterbury University

  • Paul Young - Generation Zero

  • Dr. Ralph Chapman - Victoria University

Moderator:

  • Michael Macaulay - Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

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Community and Voluntary Sector Research Forum:

23 June 2015

A number of academics at Victoria University research in, and for, the community and voluntary sector, with many of our postgraduate students also researching in this area. As well as networking within the University, this research is shared with the community through regular Community and Voluntary Sector Research (CVSR) Forums.

 

This months forum will feature the following discussions:

  • Open Government and the Community and Voluntary Sector

  • A Volunteer Research Register, as Essential Infrastructure for Research on Schizophrenia and Related Disorders

  • NGO's and Ethics

Speakers:

  • Manjula Shivanandad

  • Robert Miller

  • Ruth Weatherall

  • Deborah Jones

 

A Fair Share?

Constructing New Zealand's post-2020 climate change target

New Zealand needs to determine its contribution to the global effort to combat climate change ahead of the Paris talks late this year. In preparation, the Government is conducting the first public consultation on climate change policy for six years. Our event will be a week after the govt's public meeting in Wellington, and a week ahead of the deadline for submissions. The discussion will help interested people explore and understand the issues -including those coming out of the consultation, and for those who want to make a submission, help them to be better placed to do so.

 

This event will feature an expert panel, chaired by former climate change ambassador and IGPS Senior Associate, Dr Adrian Macey. Panellists will give their perspectives, including on the government's discussion paper, then engage in a dialogue with the audience.

 

Read the Ministry for the Environments report of Options for New Zealand’s post-2020 Climate Change Contribution

Speakers:

  • Professor James Renwick – Victoria University of Wellington

  • John Carnegie - Business New Zealand

  • Suzi Kerr - Motu

  • Paul Young - Generation Zero

  • Adolf Stroombergen - Infometrics

Chair:

  • Adrian Macey - Institute for Governance & Policy Studies

Resources:

Exploring Social Well-Being New Zealand:

What a Regional Social Progress Index means for our country

The Social Progress Index* uses a range of measures to assess the state of a nation's well-being. The 2015 SPI saw New Zealand fall from first to fifth place. But what about within New Zealand itself? Can we assess whether or not some regions have higher degrees of well-being than others?

 

For the first time ever Deloitte and Victoria University have created a pilot Regional Social Progress Index. This seminar will explain and deconstruct its methodology and offer some early traits and trends from different New Zealand regions.

 

The Regional Social Progress Index is an innovative and potentially highly useful tool for future analysis. We hope you can join us.

Speakers:

Dave Farrelly - Public Sector Practice Leader, Deloitte
Susan Jacobs - Summer Scholar, Institute for Governance & Policy Studies

Linda Meade - Partner, Deloitte

 

Moderator/Host:

Michael Macaulay - Director, Institute for Governance & Policy Studies

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Public Policy in the Sea:

Spatial Planning in the Hauraki Gulf

Public policy often struggles to effectively deal with complex issues involving multiple actors and regulatory agencies. In the environmental sphere, such situations are common, particularly when it comes to marine management.

 

The inadequacy of New Zealand's ocean governance arrangements has been recognised for well over a decade but progress to address this has been very slow. There have been more promising developments at a regional level, the most recent being the Seachange Tai Timu Tai Paru project currently underway in the Hauraki Gulf. This marine spatial planning project is breaking new ground in an endeavour to achieve a healthier marine environment that will deliver both public and private sector benefits.

 

Seachange has adopted a co-governance arrangement with half the representatives on the governance body comprising manawhenua. The process is also collaborative, with the statutory agencies handing over the role of developing the plan to an independently-chaired stakeholder working group. In addition, Seachange is embracing a fully integrated catchment-to-the-sea approach, addressing sediment and nutrient issues as well as the impacts and needs of activities such as fishing, aquaculture and tourism. The spatial plan (the first to be prepared in New Zealand) is well advanced and is due to be completed by June 2015.

 

This seminar will describe the current approach adopted in the Seachange project, its strengths and weaknesses, and applicability to broader marine management in New Zealand. It will also touch on institutional changes that may be required for the spatial plan to achieve its promise.

 

Raewyn Peart has published widely on coastal and marine governance issues and is currently a member of the Seachange Stakeholder Working Group.

Speaker:

Raewyn Peart

Policy Director for the Environmental Defence Society

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Domestic Violence in America:

A reconfigured legal response

Feminists fought hard for recognition that domestic violence was a crime and helped to conceive and build the civil and criminal justice response that now dominates the worldwide discourse on addressing domestic violence. But the decision to rely so heavily on the legal system as the primary systemic response to domestic violence in the United States has had serious unintended consequences for the men and women that come into contact with that system.

 

The legal system's response essentializes people subjected to abuse, utilizes overly restrictive definitions of domestic violence, inappropriately relies on separation to protect people subjected to abuse and restricts the autonomy of people subjected to abuse through the use of mandatory policies.

 

This talk will discuss those problems and imagine a reconfigured legal response to domestic violence.

Speaker:

Leigh Goodmark

Professor of Law, Francis King Carey School of Law, University of Maryland

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The Family Group Conference:

Working Together

The face of the Youth Justice Family Group Conference is changing after 25 years.

 

The changes, which reflect a better understanding of what drives offending behaviour, are encouraging an increased focus on agencies, families and community providers working together.

 

This in turn is being mirrored within the Justice sector where government agencies are finding new ways to cooperate at all levels and partner with communities in the pursuit of reducing youth crime.

Speaker:

Chris Polaschek

Chris Polaschek is the General Manager for Youth Justice at Child, Youth and Family/MSD. This role involves leadership for Youth Justice within the Service and the sector, developing operational policy and managing a variety of key Government projects, one of which is Fresh Start, which included developing a Military Activity Centre for serious young offenders. He is currently chair of the Youth Crime Action Plan Steering Group and also has responsibility for a CYF led project on Reinvigorating Family Group Conferences.

 

Chris has worked with juvenile and adult offenders in a wide variety of roles over the last 25 years including as a social worker, residential manager, prison manager and National Manager Youth Justice. He is a qualified social worker and has BA in sociology from Canterbury University.

The Business of Bribery:

A Public Discussion on the Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Legislation Bill

The Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Legislation Bill is currently being examined by the Law and Order Select Committee (you can read all of the submitted evidence on the parliament website). One of the stated aims of the Bill is to update New Zealand legislation so that it will finally be able to ratify the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and other international commitments.

 

But does the Bill go far enough … or does it go too far? Will it have punitive effects on business or will it enable New Zealand to enact international leadership in ethics and integrity?

 

Come and listen to both sides of the debate, and have your say on this crucial topic.

Speakers:

Michael Macaulay

Associate Professor in Public Management, Executive Editor for the International Journal ofc Public Administration and Director of the IGPS

 

John Allen

CEO NZ Racing Board, Former CEO MFAT and NZ Post

 

Moderator:

Ian Fraser

Broadcaster, Commentator, former Commissioner General Expos 88/92, Former CEO NZSO & TVNZ

Resources:

Auckland Supercity:

Facts and Fiction

Much has been said about the strengths and weaknesses of the Auckland Super-City. This seminar with Mr Doug McKay and Dr Roger Blakeley discusses the facts and fiction surrounding the evolution and achievements of the Auckland Council and the lessons to be learned by other jurisdictions such as Wellington.

 

Doug and Roger have been involved in all facets of Chief Executive leadership, policy, planning, implementation, business transformation and management and advice on governance issues at the Auckland Council and have much to share with other jurisdictions considering a similar super-city strategy as a pathway to better governance, a better customer experience, reduced cost of service and a more liveable city.

Speakers:

Doug McKay

Doug McKay was the inaugural CEO of the new Auckland Council through the transition and establishment phase 2010 to 2014. Doug joined the Council from a business career and since finishing his successful tenure at Council is now a Professional Director on boards such as Bank of New Zealand, Genesis Energy, Ryman Healthcare, IAG NZ Ltd, Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and is Chair of the Eden Park Trust. He has recently completed a report for the State Services Commission on how Auckland and Central Government can be more effective together. Doug is a passionate Aucklander with in depth knowledge of the workings of the super city.

 

Dr Roger Blakeley

Dr Blakeley serves as Chief Planning Officer at Auckland City Council. Roger was General Manager of the State Coal Mines at the start of the State-owned Enterprises establishment in 1984. As Secretary for the Environment, he led the conception and development of the Resource Management Act 1991, and while Chief Executive at the Department of Internal Affairs, initiated work on the Local Government Act 2002. In 2000, he was appointed Chief Executive of Porirua City Council.

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The Use of Science in Difficult Political Decision-making

Sven is a PhD candidate and research assistant at the Nordrhein-Westfalen School of Governance (University of Duisburg-Essen) in Germany, where he teaches classes in Public Policy Analysis (with a focus on energy and environmental politics), Ethics and Political Management and Political Theory. He has previously studied political science and philosophy at Frankfurt University, and sociology at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. His dissertation project investigates possibilities of combining ethical reasoning and public policy analysis to improve difficult political decision making. One of the themes he has been exploring is the role and use of science in policy making.

 

Sven is being hosted as a visiting scholar by the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies from 9-16 April. He will previously have spent a week at Environment Canterbury working with Dr David Bromell and looking in particular at collaborative governance processes in the Canterbury Water Management Strategy.

 

The seminar will be informal – Sven will present for around 15 minutes to spark our discussion. Please bring your lunch, your thinking and your questions about the role and use of science (including 'big data') in policy development, and getting from 'is' to 'ought' in political decision-making.

Speaker:

Sven Grundmann

PhD candidate and research assistant at the Nordrhein-Westfalen School of Governance , University of Duisburg-Essen

Nuclear Weapons:

The State of Play 2015

Five years ago hopes were high that the world was at last seriously headed towards nuclear disarmament. By the end of 2012, however, as reported in the inaugural State of Play report, much of this sense of optimism had evaporated. By the end of 2014, the fading optimism had given way to pessimism.

 

New START was signed and ratified, but the treaty left stockpiles intact and disagreements about missile defence and conventional-arms imbalances unresolved. Nuclear weapons numbers have decreased overall but increased in Asia; nuclear-weapons programs in India, Pakistan and China have accelerated; North Korea has conducted three nuclear tests and the CTBT is yet to enter into force; and fissile material production is not yet banned. A comprehensive agreement on Iran eluded negotiators by the extended deadline of 24 November 2014 and the push for talks on a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East has stalled. Cyber-threats to nuclear weapons systems have intensified, outer space remains at risk of nuclearization, and the upsurge of geopolitical tensions over the crisis in Ukraine produced flawed conclusions about the folly of giving up nuclear weapons on the one hand, and open reminders about Russia’s substantial nuclear arsenal, on the other.

 

Against this sombre backdrop, Nuclear Weapons: The State of Play 2015 by Gareth Evans, Tanya Ogilvie-White and Ramesh Thakur, provides an authoritative advocacy tool for governments, organizations and individuals committed to achieving a safer and saner nuclear-weapon-free world in the lead-up to the Ninth NPT Review Conference in New York in April–May 2015

Speaker:

Ramesh Thakur

Former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, ICISS Commissioner, co-author of The Responsibility to Protect doctrine (2001) and Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, Australian National University

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LEGACY Father, Son and Nation:

Reflections on the Eichmann Trial

Amos Hausner was eleven when the Eichmann trial gripped Israel, the Jewish world and beyond. Old enough for such an event to leave an indelible mark and even more so when your father is the Attorney General and prosecutor, and key witnesses break their silence and descend upon your family home to tell their stories.

 

The Eichmann trial exposed genocide on a large scale. It shocked the world with the precision and the brutality and gave faces and voice to the sufferings of ordinary people. Legally it highlighted universal jurisdiction and was pivotal in the creation of the International Criminal Court. There were also legal issues of impartiality, the argument of "following orders" and the defence of  an "Act of State".

 

Amos Hausner followed his father into the law and carved a successful legal career in his own right creating precedents inconstitutional, criminal, civil and administrative law.

 

He continues to take the messages of the Eichmann trial around the world. Now on holiday in New Zealand, he has kindly agreed to address audiences on the Eichmann trial and other pressing issues.

Speaker:

Amos Hausner

Former Supreme Court Judge and Attorney General of the World Zionist Organisation, Current Board Member of the Massuah Institute for the study of the Holocaust and former member on Jerusalem's Hebrew University Disciplinary Tribunal

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Involving Patients and the Public:

Decision-making in health and social care in the UK

Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) has become an increasingly popular concept in health systems around the world.  In the UK, at least, it remains, however, a somewhat nebulous term that has attracted both supporters and critics. 

 

Gary Hickey has led numerous PPI initiatives and would like to share some of his experiences and views on what works and what doesn’t: from the commissioning process, all the way through the engagement cycle. 

 

Gary will identify which mechanisms have been most successful for patient involvement, as well as the distinctions needed to look at individual and collective needs. 

Speaker:

Gary Hickey

PPI Lead (Research and Education) for the Centre for Public Engagement, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University and St George's University of London

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2015 Sir Frank Holmes Memorial Lecture in Policy Studies

Global Development in the Twenty-first Century

The 2015 Sir Frank Holmes Fellow is Professor Ross Garnaut, Distinguished Professor of Economics, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University.

 

The twenty-first century began with several years of the most broadly based strong economic growth that the world has seen. Since the Great Crash of 2008, strong growth has been concentrated mainly in the successful developing countries.

 

The developed countries have experienced low productivity growth and stagnant living standards and the "bottom billion", now including Papua New Guinea and Australia's and New Zealand's neighbours in the Southwest Pacific, wallow in a Malthusian Trap.

 

With climate change presenting increasing headwinds, where will this century take us in global development?

Speaker:

Professor Ross Garnaut

Professorial Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne

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Lima: Insights from the Inside

How did December 2014's Climate Change Conference affect the prospects for a new agreement in Paris and what does it mean for New Zealand?

The Lima Climate Change Conference was held in December last year and was a crucial event in terms of keeping track towards the new agreements in Paris at the end of 2015 http://unfccc.int/meetings/lima_dec_2014/meeting/8141.php

 

IGPS is delighted to present a seminar on this eventful meeting, which will explore key questions for the climate change agenda. What are the prospects for a new agreement in Paris? What does the future hold for New Zealand, both immediately and in the long term?

 

We welcome New Zealand's climate change ambassador, Jo Tyndall, along with other participants from the conference to share their views and perspectives on the conference, along with ideas on where New Zealand and the rest of the world moves from here .

Speaker:

Jo Tyndall

New Zealand Climate Change Ambassador

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Women as Leaders:

Negotiating the Labyrinth

In many nations, women have gained considerable access to leadership roles and are increasingly praised for having excellent skills as leaders. Yet, women have remained underrepresented in leadership roles, especially at higher levels in organizations and governments.

 

Because the reasons for this phenomenon are complex, women's paths to leadership can be described as forming a labyrinth that contains varied impediments. These impediments include stereotypes that leadership requires the culturally masculine qualities of assertiveness and dominance.

 

This image makes it more difficult for women than men to show that they are qualified to lead and produces conflicting demands that women leaders have to negotiate.

Speaker:

Professor Alice Eagly

Professor of Psychology, James Padilla Chair of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Management and Organisations, and Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research, Northwest University

China's New Model of Economic Growth

China's economic growth in the reform era since 1978 has been through a number of phases, beginning with market liberalisation and higher prices in the rural economy. From 2000 until 2011, there was uninhibited investment expansion. Driven by the highest investment share of GDP in any economy on a sustained basis, it saw the highest sustained rate of growth of output ever in a significant economy. Growth was exceptionally energy-intensive and metals intensive and drove the global resources boom.

 

The early twenty first century growth elevated China to the world's largest trading economy and second largest economy. It also increased inequality in income distribution and placed great pressure on the global and local environment. A new model of economic growth since 2011 is delivering more moderate and less energy- and metals-intensive growth, starting to reduce inequality and moving to reduce local environmental pressures as well as China's contribution to risks of global climate instability. That has brought the global resources boom to a painful end. China remains a growing market for many goods and services, including high value foodstuffs and internationally tradeable services.

 

This lecture examines the evolution of China's model of economic growth and assesses progress on the new model.

Speaker:

Professor Ross Garnaut

Professorial Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne

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Should Wellington become a Super City?

A breakfast seminar hosted by the CAGTR and IGPS

The Local Government Commission has presented its draft proposal for one council for the whole of the Wellington region (with eight Local Boards). The proposal for amalgamation is available here and submissions to the Commission close on 2 March 2015.

 

At this seminar Graham Sansom will present the background and key issues relevant to the proposal, while John Shewan will present the case for the proposal and Philip Barry the case against. The presentations will be followed by opportunity for discussion.

 

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