The Whimpering of the State: Policy After MMP

The Whimpering of the State

Brian Easton


Has MMP worked? This work goes behind the political theatre of elections and parliament to investigate how the policy process and policy outcomes have changed followiung 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 commercialization.