The Whimpering of the State: Policy After MMP

Brian Easton

Author: Brian Easton
Format: Ebook only
Pages: 300
Published: March 1999
Specs: 21.5cm x 14.0cm
ISBN: 9781869402181

Available in Ebook

Has MMP worked? The Whimpering of the State: Policy After MMP goes behind the political theatre of elections and parliament to investigate how the policy process and policy outcomes have changed following the election of New Zealand’s first MMP parliament. The book consists of an analysis of contemporary political history and policy case studies, on, amongst others, macroeconomics, retirement, taxation and spending, the public service, health, core and tertiary education, science, the arts, water, roading and telecommunications. It concludes with discussion of the future constitutional reforms, and a microeconomic policy alternative to commercialisation.


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The Whimpering of the State is a work of political economy. And that is its overriding virtue. . . . . This book will provide [practitioners] with some timely insights. – John R Martin, NZ Books