The Fabian Society has recently published an ebook entitled Flawed Theory – Failed Practice: Light-handed Regulation in New Zealand.
The book brings together a series of case studies presented to the Fabian Society on the application of light-handed regulation in New Zealand to sectors and issues as diverse as banking, work safety, building and construction, and electricity pricing, as well as an examination of the theoretical issues involved in the regulation.
The general application of the theory is examined in terms of its effects which, in many cases, have been deleterious. This volume is offered as a contribution to the ongoing debate about effective regulation in New Zealand.
The book can be downloaded in PDF, ePub and Mobi formats from our publications section.
Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Palmer launched the book Rethinking the State Sector Act in Parliament yesterday. His speech is here, and is also on our publications page. Other speakers included Hon Maryan Street, Denise Roche MP, and Brenda Pilott, National Secretary of PSA/Te Pukenga Here Tikanga.
The book (which you can download in a variety of formats from our publications section) features contributions from a wide group of speakers to the series of lectures and seminars run by the Fabian Society in 2013 in partnership with the PSA/Te 'Pukenga Here Tikanga. There was general agreement from all the contributors that it was time to rethink the principles behind the Act which was passed in 1988.
Sir Geoffrey listed several reasons why in his opinion a serious rethink was needed, and why he had called for a Royal commission. They included:
- Future proof against short-term decision-making
- Managerial theory that states that managers can manage without knowledge
- Decline of tradition of free and frank advice
- Unattractive nature of job precludes best and brightest - reinstate senior executive service provisions
- Increased difficulties of policy design
- Silo effect precluding co-operation
- Failure to adequately protect the Crown's legal risk
- Serious structural issues that need to be addressed in a holistic manner
- Inadequate training
- A weak centre
- Geoff Bertram - Single buyer model for electricity
- Putting the TPPA to the Test - Video
- Narratives for Auckland
- Geoff Bertram - Asset Values and Regulation
- Challenging the single narrative of global economic crisis
- Democracy & Diversity
- Asset Values, Regulation and Power Prices
- Voyage of a Lifetime - Christchurch
- TPPA Presentations Draw a Large Audience
- TPP Out of the Shadows