Jonathan Boston

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Journal article

14 Aug 2017

This article briefly discusses the nature and measurement of poverty in developed countries, outlines the main trends in poverty rates in New Zealand over recent decades, comments on why poverty matters, and assesses recent government policy changes



14 Dec 2016

This opinion-piece, from the Professor of Public Policy at Victoria University of Wellington, outlines ways the new Bill English-led Government could assist less well-off families in New Zealand. Considers income and wealth inequality and the need to reform public assistance for families. Refers to the...

Blog post

11 Oct 2016

There is a widely recognised disorder at the heart of democratic governance, one that poses a serious threat to the well-being of both current and future generations. Many commentators call this disorder short-termism, policy short-sightedness or political myopia. Others talk of a presentist bias, a...

Journal article

9 Aug 2016

Contemplates the fundamental components of anticipatory governance - anticipating tomorrow’s problems, protecting the long-term public interest, and endeavouring to ‘future-proof’ the state - as a critical ingredient of good governance. Sets out global risks as assessed by the World Economic Forum in 2015 and five...

19 Nov 2015

This issue of Policy Quarterly traverses a range of contemporary policy issues including the governance of Auckland, climate change, financial incentives to work, the investment approach to funding social assistance, regulatory design and stewardship, water management, special education, the implications of uncertainty for policy practice,...

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