Intergenerational Governance; Problems of Legislation
Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC "Intergenerational Governance; problems of legislation" (2017) 13 Policy Quarterly 68
3 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2017
Date Written: August 1, 2017
In this article the author surveys the difficulties in New Zealand of ensuring that law and policy face effectively the challenges of the future. The three year election cycle exacerbates the tendency to ignore problems that will not germinate until after the expiration of three years. The present crowds out the future. Political costs that will arise now means that the costs of failing to act that do not arise now give the decision-makers a measure of political safety. Public opinion polling seems to increase the tendency. Matters are not assisted by failing to systematically monitor the existing legislation to find out how it is performing. Existing methods of designing legislation and passing it through Parliament need to be overhauled from first principles. A secure home for future analysis within the New Zealand government needs to be found.
Keywords: intergenerational governance, policy, New Zealand, legislation
JEL Classification: K00, K1, K10, K19, K30, K32, K39, K3, K4, K40
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