The focus of this book is the practice of social policy in Aotearoa New Zealand. It is intended to complement and update the fourth and final edition of Cheyne et al. ' sSocial Policy in New Zealand (2008), which pre-dated the three-term tenure of theconservative Key/English governments and their concomitant approaches to socialpolicy. In the first two decades of the 21st century, both conservative and socialdemocraticgovernments have had opportunity to conceive and deliverprogrammes aligned with their fundamental values and concepts. These includethe Fifth Labour Government (1999-2008) headed by Helen Clark, the FifthNational Government (2008-17) under John Key and Bill English, and the SixthLabour Government (2017-) led by Jacinda Ardern. Appraisals of the policy impacts achieved by alternating approaches to governmentare offered through each of the chapters on specific policy areas. Each chapter alsointroduces the reader to the background and context to its central topic, as well askey concepts, ideas and influences, and the main alternate views that have beenput forward. In addition to assessing recent experiences, each chapter considers
Graham Hassall is Associate Professor, Public Policy and Administration, in theSchool of Government at Victoria University of Wellington. He has participatedin a range of academic, professional and policy networks, and in recent years hasundertaken projects for the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, UNDESA, UNDP,Commonwealth Local Government Forum, Global Integrity, and the CommonwealthSecretariat; and has participated in public sector training programs for ANZSOG(PACE), the Fiji Public Service Commission, the Fiji Police, and the Australian PublicService Commission (Pacific Program). He currently serves on the advisory board ofthe Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, and the New Zealand Centre forGlobal Studies. Professor Girol Karacaoglu is the Head of the School of Government at VictoriaUniversity of Wellington. He came from the New Zealand Treasury, where he wasChief Economist. Before then, he was the Chief Executive of the Co-operative Bankof New Zealand. His previous roles included General Manager at Westpac NZ,Chief Economist at the National Bank of NZ, and lecturer in Economics at VictoriaUniversity of Wellington.
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