Public policy matters, because it makes a difference - for better or for worse - to people's lives. This book provides an introduction to public policy in New Zealand: what it is, who makes it, and how it is made. Public Policy in New Zealand is also about the system of government in which policy is shaped. The book's main purpose is to explain in a straightforward manner what the institutions of government are, and how they interact with citizens and interest groups to produce public policy. In short, this is a book about government and governance. Although this book is aimed at undergraduate students studying public policy, social policy and politics, it will appeal to anyone who is interested in how New Zealand is governed.
Richard Shaw (MA (Hons), PhD) is an Associate Professor in the Politics Programme at Massey University, Palmerston North, where he teaches courses in New Zealand politics and public policy. His current research interests include the roles and responsibilities of ministerial advisers, public sector reform, and e-politics. Chris Eichbaum (MA (Hons), MPubPol, PhD) is Reader in Government, in the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington, where he teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses. He has worked as a public service policy analyst in Canberra and Wellington, and as a Senior Ministerial and Prime Ministerial Adviser. His current research interests are in the institutions of central banking, governance and public administration reform, the roles and responsibilities of ministerial advisers, and contemporary social democratic politics.
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