Asking the public for submissions on pending legislation while the country is in pandemic lockdown risks making a farce of democracy and unnecessarily distracting the Government, according to a new policy paper by the New Zealand Initiative. The business of government must go on, said the Initiative’s chief economist Dr Eric Crampton, but politicians can afford to put less urgent matters aside for the time being. Read more
Our work on social policies includes a three-part series on poverty, inequality and welfare. We investigated the states of poverty and inequality in New Zealand, and cleared up some common myths and misperceptions surrounding these issues.
We have also looked into areas where the issues of public health and personal freedoms intersect, such as the liberalisation of New Zealand’s organ donation regime, and lifestyle regulations.
Our research into social policy has focused on issues from new innovations in welfare reform – social impact bonds – to measures of poverty, and whether taxes to curb lifestyle choices should have a place in a liberal society.
These are all areas that significantly affect people’s lives and choices, and New Zealanders expect any social policies to be based upon sound evidence.