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Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics

Substantive, peer-reviewed, and regularly updated, the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics combines the speed and flexibility of digital with the rigorous standards of academic publishing. Includes over 400 articles by key experts and researchers in various aspects of Political Science.


The management of wicked problems in health and social care

"At a time of growing pressure on health and social care services, this book draws together contributions which highlight contemporary challenges for their management. Providing a range of contributions that draw on a Critical Management Studies perspective the book raises macro-level concerns with theory, demographics and economics on the one hand, as well as micro-level challenges of leadership, voice and engagement on the other."

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Social policy practice and processes in Aotearoa New Zealand

This book is essential reading for tertiary students in social policy and related subjects, as well as the wider policy-making community.

Writing Public Policy

Presents a general method for planning, producing, accessing, and critically analyzing communications in a variety of real-life public policy contexts and situations. This practical, concise guide is ideal for students preparing for careers in politics, government, public relations, law, public policy, journalism, social work, or in any role related to public affairs.


Governing for the Future

This book is about governing well for the future. It investigates the nature of, and the conditions for, prudent long-term democratic governance in a dynamic, complex, and uncertain world, the reasons why such governance is politically challenging, and how such challenges can best be tackled.

Democracy in New Zealand

Examining the constitution and the political system, cabinet and parliament, political parties, leadership, and elections, Raymond Miller draws on data and analysis (including from the 2014 election) to tackle critical questions: Who runs New Zealand? Does political apathy threaten democracy? Will new parties have an ongoing impact? Do we now have a presidential democracy?

Targeting commitment : interagency performance in New Zealand

Summer holiday reading for politicians Nicola Willis and Simeon Brown. This book reviews New Zealand's deceptively simple but effective program to improve public services: Better Public Services. The government challenged the public service to organize itself around achieving just ten results that had proven resistant to previous interventions. The plan was deceptively simple: set ambitious targets and publicly report on progress every six months; hold small groups of public managers collectively responsible; use lead indicators; and learn from both success and failure.

This book explores how and why the New Zealand government made progress and how the program was able to create and sustain the commitment of public servants and unleash the creativity of public entrepreneurs.


Public policy in New Zealand : institutions, processes and outcomes

Public policy matters, because it makes a difference - for better or for worse - to people’s lives. This book provides an introduction to public policy in New Zealand: what it is, who makes it, and how it is made.

An Introduction to the Policy Process

The fourth edition of this widely-used text relates theory to practice in the public policy process. In a clear, conversational style, author Tom Birkland conveys the best current thinking on the policy process with an emphasis on accessibility and synthesis.

Policy Analysis: concepts and practice

Often described as a public policy "bible," Weimer and Vining remains the essential primer it ever was. Now in its sixth edition, Policy Analysis provides a strong conceptual foundation of the rationales for and the limitations to public policy. It offers practical advice about how to do policy analysis, but goes a bit deeper to demonstrate the application of advanced analytical techniques through the use of case studies.

Weeping waters : the Treaty of Waitangi and constitutional change

"Weeping Waters is a must read for anyone who wants to be informed about the current debate regarding the Treaty of Waitangi and a constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand. The book features essays from eighteen well-known and respected Maori figures.


A practical guide for policy analysis : the eightfold path to more effective problem solving

"This Book Provides A Wise And Engaging How-To Guide That Meets The Central Challenge Of Policy Analysis: Combining Scientific Evidence And Social Goals To Craft Practical, Real-World Solutions." —Thomas S. Dee, Barnett Family Professor Of Education, Stanford University