CambridgeTownHall1Local Government & Resource Management

Political decision-making in New Zealand is among the world’s most centralised. This is not necessarily a problem, but poor incentives combined with little local power can lead to weak local government performance. Local government has jurisdiction over a relatively small range of activities. At the same time, it is subject to expensive central regulatory mandates.

Our research investigates the role of local government in both New Zealand and abroad. What helps local government work well? How can appropriate incentive structures align council interests with those of the country as a whole? Can we have local governments that encourage growth rather than constantly be at loggerheads with central government over the pace of consenting?

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