David Bromell


Dr David Bromell has degrees in English and History (MA Hons, Canterbury) and systematic theology (BD Hons, Melbourne; PhD, Otago). He has been a Visiting Scholar at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, in 1988; a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies during 2007; and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Otago (Centre for Theology and Public Issues) in May 2011.
David has worked in the tertiary education and NGO sectors and as a public servant since 2003. After 10 years at the Ministry of Social Development, including a year as acting Chief Policy Advisor, he moved to Christchurch in July 2013 to work with Environment Canterbury as Principal Strategy Advisor – Policy.
He teaches MAPP 523, Politics, Philosophy and Public Policy, in the School of Government.

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22 Dec 2016


This book offers a practical guide for policy advisors and their managers, grounded in the author’s extensive experience as a senior policy practitioner in central and local government. Effective policy advising does not proceed in ‘cycles’ or neatly ordered ‘stages’ and ‘steps’,...

Journal article

10 May 2016

Why political philosophy? Why do I read it, teach it and encourage others to engage in it? Simply, because I am driven to it by my practice as a public servant. I have spent a great deal of my working life in meetings where we...

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16 May 2014

Introduction: In the context of the 2013 retirement income review (CFLRI, 2013), Kathryn Maloney and Malcolm Menzies from the Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income put the question to me: what does ‘a fair go’ mean in public policy? I mentioned this in a...

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30 Nov 2012

"As a public servant I live with the tension captured in Richard Mulgan’s question: ‘How much responsiveness is too much or too little?’ (Mulgan, 2008). On the one hand, my job is to be responsive to portfolio ministers and to the prime minister and Cabinet....

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