It had to take an evolutionary psychologist and a lawyer to dissect (some of) the craziness of modern society and polity. Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff’s new book The Coddling of the American Mind is required reading for anyone wishing to understand 21st century politics, not just in the US but globally. At first sight, the book is about good intentions, bad parenting, and the education system. It shows how young people are being damaged by an emotional ‘safety first’ culture. Read more
Our work on social policies includes a three-part series on poverty, inequality and welfare. Here we investigate the states of poverty and inequality in New Zealand, and clear up some common myths and misperceptions surrounding these issues. Our report on welfare (to be released 2017) will include our policy recommendations.
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.
These are all areas that significantly affect peoples’ lives and choices, and New Zealanders expect any social policies to be based upon sound evidence.
Our research into social policy has focused on issues from new innovations in welfare reform – social impact bonds – to measures of poverty, and whether or not taxes to curb lifestyle choices should have a place in a liberal society.