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The New Zealand model, thirty years later

Finance Minister Roger Douglas announces 1984 Labour budget

Thirty years ago, on July 14, 1984, New Zealand voters elected a Labour government that launched a far-reaching program of public sector reforms.  The “New Zealand model” became famous around the globe.  In the current issue of Governance, Jonathan Boston and Chris Eichbaum of Victoria University examine the long-term effects of the reform program begun in 1984.  Neoliberal reforms triggered electoral changes that made full realization of the neoliberal program impossible.  Today, they write, “there is evidence of not one but two unfinished intellectual projects” — the neoliberal revolution, and the constitutional pushback.  Free access to the commentary.

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June 10, 2014 at 5:35 am

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What determines compliance with government policies?

Weaver photo 2013Many government policies work only if citizens or corporations comply with their requirements.  But what determines whether citizens or corporations will comply?  In the current issue of Governance, R. Kent Weaver proposes a better framework for understanding compliance problems, and highlights the difficulties that arise when there is substantial variety within target populations.  Weaver applies the framework to Swedish and American case studies that highlight “how variations in barriers and target characteristics affect government responses to perceived policy failures.”   Read the article.

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June 9, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Posted in Current issue

SOG project announces research positions

The Structure and Organization of Government Project (SOG‐PRO) is a collaborative research programme that is recently jointly funded by the national scientific research foundations of the Netherlands (NWO), France (ANR), Germany (DFG), and the United Kingdom (ESRC) under the Open Research Area Plus programme. SOG‐PRO aspires to develop and search for innovative ways to describe and understand the organizational dynamics at the level of central government. The project starts on 1 September 2014 and will run for three years. To this end the research teams are looking for highly qualified and motivated researchers at the postdoc and PhD levels. The candidates should have a background in the social sciences, preferably public administration, political science or sociology. The quantitative and qualitative aspects of the research project are equally important, so proficiency in mixed method approaches is highly preferred.  Learn more about the available positions.

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June 5, 2014 at 5:15 am

Posted in SOG news

Call for papers: SOG in Bergen, February 2015

logoThe IPSA Research Committee on the Structure and Organization of Government (SOG) invites paper proposals for a conference to be held at the University of Bergen, Norway, on February 19-20, 2015.  The conference theme is Accountability and Welfare State Reforms.  The deadline for submission of abstracts is September 15, 2014.  Obtain more details about the call for papers here.

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June 2, 2014 at 9:37 am

Posted in Conferences

The European elections: More of the same

258By Thomas Risse, Freie Universität Berlin.  Next to India, the elections for the European Parliament (EP) have been the second-largest democratic voting on the globe, with about 400 million citizens in 28 countries eligible to pick 751 members of parliament. The elections took place against the background of the Euro crisis threatening the core of European integration; austerity policies, the worst recession in decades and widespread (youth) unemployment in Southern Europe; and the crisis in the Ukraine and the Russian annexation of the Crimea.

As a result, many pundits predicted the rise of Euro-skeptical parties on the left and the right. Yet and contrary to what one reads in the media, the most important outcomes of the EP elections have little to do with Euro-skepticism. To begin with, voter turnout for the EP elections stabilized on the low level of 2009 with 43% (interestingly, German voters – by far the largest group of voters in Europe – reversed the trend and turned out in larger numbers than in 2009). In most countries and as always, the elections were not so much about Europe and the EU, but about national politics. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 26, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Posted in Opinion

The Eighth European Parliament: More politicization

alexander_katsaitisBy Alexander Katsaitis, University College London.  Despite “shocks” & “earthquakes” that took place at the national level, in particular in France and the UK where the far-right humiliated both the centre-right and socialists; this was not the case at the EU level. The European Parliament (EP) remains by at least 2/3 pro-EU with the leaders of the four major PGs agreeing on the importance of a stable parliament. These groups must now form alliances, select the next Commission President and develop a strategy to regain the electorate from the far-right.

The results have been less surprising than anticipated.  Get detailed election results from the European Parliament here.  Coming in first with 28% of the votes the centre-right Europe’s Peoples’ Party (EPP) is down almost 60 seats (approx. -7%), while all other major parties S&D (25%), ALDE (8.5%) and Greens (7%) have pretty much remained stable with small gains or losses. Eurosceptic parties have made advances but not to the extent initially projected. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 26, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Posted in Opinion

India’s election: A debacle for Congress, and challenges for Modi

TummalaBy Krishna K. Tummala.  India, the most populous working democracy in the world, completed elections to its 16th Parliament. Spreading over a six week period in nine phases, the election costs surpassed the last US Presidential election expense estimates of over $7billion. Of the over 814 million electors, 66 percent exercised their right to vote.

The election process was largely peaceful and fair. Among the 1,687 political parties registered with the Election Commission, candidates from 1650 parties were wiped out. Some established parties such as the Bahujan Swajwadi Party, the Communist Party of India, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and National Conference could not gain even a single seat. About six million voters used a rather unique option by voting NOTA— none of the above. What this means to Indian democracy other than an expression of distaste towards political aspirants in general is an imponderable. But among those elected were 61 women—a five percent gain from the previous Parliament. There was also a very peaceful transition, with a Prime Minister who served in that office for decade replaced on May 26th by Narendra Modi of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Read the rest of this entry »

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May 26, 2014 at 10:22 am

Posted in Opinion

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