Tagged: governance

Thinking the unpalatable - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Jan 25, 2017

If you look beyond the current concerns of rising populist authoritarianism there is a greater threat. It’s what Nik Gowing and Chris Langdon in the UK have called the failure to “think the unthinkable”. Based on interviews with a range of Chief Executives and other senior people in the public and private sector they highlight that current institutional … Read More

1876 revisited? - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Oct 22, 2015

The New Zealand Initiative was out this week with a new report, In the Zone: Creating a Toolbox for Regional Prosperity. If I’ve understood correctly their proposal, local authorities would be able to seek approval from central government to run policy experiments in their own areas (freeing up the Overseas Investment Act, legalising drugs, prohibiting prostitution, banning private schools, … Read More

Victoria University Democalyse - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Aug 20, 2015

When the staff and students of Victoria University were asked how they would like members on university’s governance council to be selected – democratic election, or appointment by the council or some other select group – 71% supported elections (450 staff and 700 students responded to the survey). Selection by election was also the most supported option amongst the ~1000 alumni … Read More

Science and policy merge in water plan - Waiology

Waiology Nov 20, 2013

By Paul Reynolds Recently the government released proposals for a national framework for setting freshwater objectives, including bottom lines for ecosystem and human health (for secondary contact). It has had an unusual reaction. For the first time in my memory, we have had stakeholders from all quarters pretty much in strenuous non-disagreement with one another – in support of … Read More

Now for the Long Term - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Oct 21, 2013

The Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations have just released a report – Now for the Long Term.  In addition to laying out the megatrends and challenges facing the world, they also propose some solutions.     The report does a generally good job in setting out concisely some of the  “megatrends” (ie long … Read More

More expansive governance - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Feb 10, 2012

Earlier this week I went to hear Prof John Benington from Warwick  University give Treasury’s Guest Lecture.  His topic was ‘Leadership, Governance and Public Value in an Age of Austerity‘. Not as dry as you may think. One of the issue’s he highlighted was what he called a “Copernican” revolution in society, driven by economic, environmental, … Read More