Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

Contact Details

Phone: (64)-4-384 7030
Fax: (64)-4-384 9175
Mobile: (64)-21-438 434


Senior Associate


Colin James is a political journalist of 40 years experience who writes weekly columns in the Otago Daily Times and a monthly column in Management magazine. He is the New Zealand correspondent of Oxford Analytica.

He specialises in party and electoral politics. He has correctly forecast which party would lead the government in 14 of the past 15 elections. He has written six books on politics and policy, including The Quiet Revolution (1986) and New Territory (1992) and three on elections, and chapters in numerous books, including academic texts.

Most of his recent writing, speeches, papers and book chapters can be found on

. He also specialises in analysing and forecasting the policy environment in which businesses and other organisations must operate and runs a forecasting service, the Hugo Group, which has more than 100 medium and large corporate members at CEO level.

His most recent booklet for the IPS, co-authored with Christina Hood (2006) , deals with energy sustainability. A booklet in 2002) dealt with the relationship between ministers and departmental CEOs. In April 2000 he organised a national conference on the constitution.

He has contributed papers to academic seminars in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. He has held several university fellowships. He was made an honorary doctor of literature at Victoria University in 2008 and is a fellow of the Institute of Public Administration and a life member of the Engineers Union and the Parliamentary Press Gallery.