Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

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Phone: +64 4 475 6109



Senior Associate


Murray has had extensive experience in public policy and public management since 1980. He has worked for the New Zealand Treasury and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and for the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He has been a consultant to public sector organizations in NZ and internationally since 1997. He is an active member of the IMF’s Panel of Fiscal Experts, and has participated in over 30 missions to IMF member countries.
Murray is currently Lead Technical Advisor for the multi-stakeholder Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency He has drafted GIFT’s High Level Principles on Fiscal Transparency, Participation and Accountability, a draft norm on public participation in fiscal policy, and analyses of the implementation of fiscal transparency commitments by member countries of the Open Government Partnership.
He is an active contributor to international civil society budget transparency initiatives, such as the Open Budget Survey, and has coordinated multi-country case studies for the International Budget Partnership that explore transparency of a range of off-budget fiscal activities as input to designing extensions to the Open Budget Index. He completed the first four bi-annual assessments of budget transparency in NZ against the Open Budget Index (the 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012 surveys).
He has also worked extensively for the World Bank on public investment management; and on the introduction of medium term budgeting in Bangladesh.
Murray is a founding member of Transparency International New Zealand, the NZ chapter of the Berlin-based international anti-corruption NGO, and worked for TINZ in a variety of voluntary executive and board roles since it was established in 1998 to promote transparency and good governance in NZ and the region. Murray co-authored the TINZ National Integrity Study of NZ 2003, and co-directed the 2013 National Integrity Study of NZ.
Murray’s main professional and research interests are in the fields of:

  • Public sector governance, transparency, and accountability.
  • Public financial management and budgeting.
  • Public sector reform and performance management.
  • International policy cooperation.

Murray has an MA (Hons) in economics from Canterbury University, a Master of Public Administration from Harvard, and he completed his PhD in Public Policy at Victoria University in 2009.
Details of his publications and consulting assignments are available at

Selected publications and reports:
Jurisdictional Integration: How Economic Globalisation is Changing State Sovereignty.
PhD thesis, Victoria University of Wellington. April 2009. Available at

Measuring and predicting the depth of international regulatory cooperation in competition policy. Paper presented to the Fourth Biennial Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research, Standing Group for Regulatory Governance, ‘New Perspectives on Regulation, Governance and Learning.' University of Exeter, 28 June, 2012.

Defining the Technical Content of Global Norms: Towards a New Global Architecture, Phase 2 Report for the Advancing Global Norms Working Group, Global Initiative on Fiscal Transparency (GIFT), December 2011.
Open Budget Questionnaire, New Zealand. The 2012 Open Budget Survey of New Zealand. International Budget Partnership.
Producing a Citizens’ Guide to the Budget: Why, What and How? Jon Shields and Murray Petrie. OECD Journal on Budgeting, Vol. 2010/2, pp. 75-87.
Promoting Fiscal Transparency: The Complementary Roles of the IMF, Financial Markets and Civil Society  IMF Working Paper 03/199.
Managing Fiscal Risk, in The International Handbook of Public Financial Management. Chapter 28, pp. 590-618. Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2013.
Public-Private Partnerships, Government Guarantees, and Fiscal Risk, R. Hemming, M. Alier, B. Anderson, and M. Petrie, International Monetary Fund, Washington DC, 2006.
Accounting and Financial Accountability to Capture Risk, in ‘Government at Risk’, H. Polackova Brixi and A. Schick (eds), The World Bank and Oxford University Press, 2002 (Chapter 2).
National Integrity Systems Country Study Report New Zealand 2003, with John Henderson and Shane Cave.
Institutions, social norms and well-being, Treasury Working Paper 02/12, June 2002.
A Framework for Public Sector Performance Contracting, The OECD Journal on Budgeting, Volume 1, No.3, 2002.
Review of Evidence on Broad Outcome of Public Sector Management Regime, with David Webber, New Zealand Treasury Working Paper 01/06, 2001.
Organisational Transformation: The Income Support Experience, Case Study, Department of Social Welfare, Wellington, 1998.