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

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Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Date Written: August 1, 2017

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Palmer QC, Sir Geoffrey, Intergenerational Governance; Problems of Legislation (August 1, 2017). Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC "Intergenerational Governance; problems of legislation" (2017) 13 Policy Quarterly 68. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3023645 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3023645

Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

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