IGPS WP14/02 - Vested Interest
In 2010-11 three government policy initiatives aroused controversy and accusations of special treatment for "vested interests": a change in workplace relations law to meet the demand of a film company; special treatment for a company in the ultra-fast broadband roll-out; and a gambling-licences-for-convention-centre deal.
Were the accusations justified? And what is a "vested interest" and where does it fit in a New Zealand's democracy?
Colin James suggests a way of thinking about them in a paper for the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies
Published in August 2014