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Unlocking regional development

The Regional Development (Provincial Growth) Fund puts Wellington in the driver’s seat. It is a centrally designed plan for how New Zealand should develop. [...]

A passionate politician

Almost a century ago, the great sociologist Max Weber defined the ideal politician in his lecture Politics as a Vocation. As Bill English just announced his retirement from politics, we may well measure his record by Weberian standards. [...]

A blueprint for opposition politics

If National accepts the challenge to be a creative opposition, the next three years will be a contest for the best ideas rather than a war of attrition. And that would be good: for National, for Labour – and for New Zealand. [...]

Our very own House of Cards

The new Parliament promises to be a place of high theatre.  It will be the stage for heroes and villains of Shakespearean proportions. [...]

Monetary window-dressing

The best way for a central bank to achieve both low inflation and low unemployment is to make it pursue price stability alone. [...]