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Boston, Jonathan 1957-

Works: 56 works in 206 publications in 3 languages and 5,440 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: JQ5831, 354.93
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Jonathan Boston
Public Policy: Why ethics matters by Jonathan Boston( )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 888 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Public Policy - Why Ethics Matters brings together original contributions from leading scholars and practitioners with expertise in various academic disciplines, including economics, philosophy, physics, political science, public policy and theology. The volume addresses three main issues: fist, the ethical considerations that should inform the conduct of public officials and the task of policy analysis; second, the ethics of climate change; and third, ethics and economic policy. While the contributors have varying views on these important issues, they share a common conviction that the ethical dimensions of public policy need to be better understood and given proper attention in the policy-making process
Governing for the future : designing democratic institutions for a better tomorrow by Jonathan Boston( )

11 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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. In particular, it addresses the problem of 'short-termism' - or a 'presentist bias' - in policy-making; that is, the risk of governments placing undue weight on near-term considerations at the expense of a society's overall long-term welfare. As such, the book traverses both normative and empirical issues. The approach is primarily qualitative rather than quantitative
Future-Proofing the State by Justin Pritchard( )

9 editions published in 2014 in 3 languages and held by 492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book focuses on the challenges facing governments and communities in preparing for and responding to major crises - especially the hard to predict yet unavoidable natural disasters ranging from earthquakes and tsunamis to floods and bushfires, as well as pandemics and global economic crises.Future-proofing the state and our societies involves decision-makers developing capacities to learn from recent 'disaster' experiences in order to be better placed to anticipate and prepare for foreseeable challenges. To undertake such futureproofing means taking long-term (and often recurring) problems seriously, managing risks appropriately, investing in preparedness, prevention and mitigation, reducing future vulnerability, building resilience in communities and institutions, and cultivating astute leadership. In the past we have often heard calls for 'better future-proofing' in the aftermath of disasters, but then neglected the imperatives of the message.Future-Proofing the State is organised around four key themes: how can we better predict and manage the future; how can we transform the short-term thinking shaped by our political cycles into more effective long-term planning; how can we build learning into our preparations for future policies and management; and how can we successfully build trust and community resilience to meet future challenges more adequately?
Child poverty in New Zealand by Jonathan Boston( )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Between 175,000 and 265,000 New Zealand children live in poverty, depending on the measure used. These disturbing figures are widely discussed, yet often poorly understood. If New Zealand does not have 'third world poverty', what are these children actually experiencing? Is the real problem not poverty but simply poor parenting? How does New Zealand compare globally and what measures of poverty and hardship are most relevant here? What are the consequences of this poverty for children, their families and society? Can we afford to reduce child poverty and, if we can, how? Jonathan Boston and Simon Chapple look hard at these questions, drawing on available national and international evidence and speaking to an audience across the political spectrum. Their analysis highlights the strong and urgent case for addressing child poverty in New Zealand. Crucially, the book goes beyond illustrating the scale of this challenge, and why it must be addressed, to identifying real options for reducing child poverty. A range of practical and achievable policies is presented, alongside candid discussion of their strengths and limitations. These proposals for improving the lives of disadvantaged children deserve wide public debate and make this a vitally important book for all New Zealanders"--Publisher's description
Reconstituting the constitution by Caroline Morris( )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and German and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"All nation states, whether ancient or newly created, must examine their constitutional fundamentals to keep their constitutions relevant and dynamic. Constitutional change has greater legitimacy when the questions are debated before the people and accepted by them. Who are the peoples in this state? What role should they have in relation to the government? What rights should they have? Who should be Head of State? What is our constitutional relationship with other nation states? What is the influence of international law on our domestic system? What process should constitutional change follow? In this volume, scholars, practitioners, politicians, public officials, and young people explore these questions and others in relation to the New Zealand constitution and provide some thought-provoking answers. This book is recommended for anyone seeking insight into how a former British colony with bicultural foundations is making the transition to a multicultural society in an increasingly complex and globalised world."--Publisher's website
Public management : the New Zealand model( Book )

20 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many countries have undertaken major programmes or public-sector reform in recent times, and none more extensively than New Zealand. Since the mid-1980s virtually every aspect of New Zealand's public sector has been restructured, giving rise to a new model of public management. Many of the reforms have won domestic and international acclaim; some have also been the subject of considerable controversy. Public Management: The New Zealand Model describes and critically assesses the features of these reforms. It examines the model's theoretical origins and explores how the new model operates in practice - how its outcomes compare with those intended, and what impact, both positive and negative, it has had on the governance of New Zealand
Redesigning the welfare state in New Zealand : problems, policies, prospects by Jonathan Boston( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since 1990, New Zealand has sought to redesign the welfare state, with radical changes being made in industrial relations, health, accident
Reshaping the state : New Zealand's bureaucratic revolution( Book )

5 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Fourth Labour government : radical politics in New Zealand by Fourth Labour government( Book )

6 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In less than three years, the Labour Government of New Zealand has transformed the management of the economy and radically changed areas of public policy such as taxation, wage fixing, industry assistance, and trade. Critically assessing some of Labour's key initiatives, twelve specialists here contribute essays from the diverse fields of economics, political science, public administration, sociology, and law."--Publisher's information
New Zealand under MMP : a new politics?( Book )

6 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Prepared as part of a three-year research project (begun in mid-1995) based at the Victoria University of Wellington, and known as 'The New Zealand political change project: the impact of electoral system change in a small democracy'"--Page x
The Fourth labour government : politics and policy in New Zealand by Martin Holland( Book )

11 editions published between 1900 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The state under contract by Boston Jonathan (ed.)( Book )

8 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Governmental restructuring is much in vogue. Throughout the developed and developing world, governments are selling state assetts, reorganising government departments, contracting out publicly funded services and reforming their management systems. New Zealand is no exception. Indeed, the reforms in the New Zealand state sector since 1984 are among the most radical and comprehensive of any developed country. And one of the most distinctive and controversial features of New Zealand's reforms is the emphasis on contractual modes of governance, including the use of new kinds of contracting within the public sector. These massive reforms raise important questions about the future role of the state. They also raise issues concerning the accountability of public agencies, the ethos of the public service, the proper scope of judicial review, and the appropriate limits to contracting out. The essays ... examine the issues surrounding "the new contractualism" ..." -- Back cover
Ethics and public policy : contemporary issues by Andrew Bradstock( Book )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ethics and public policy are inextricably linked. All policies have ethical implications, and the policy choices which governments make are influenced, whether explicitly or implicitly, by ethical considerations. Accordingly, good policy analysis necessarily entails sound ethical analysis; the two must go hand in hand. With this in mind, Ethics and Public Policy: Contemporary Issues explores the ethical frameworks and principles upon which governments can and should base their policies. Drawing on papers from the Ethical Foundations of Public Policy conference held in Wellington in December 2009, this book covers topics such as ethics in decision making and advice giving, sustainability, equality and justice, and measuring progress. As the contributors make clear, the interplay between ethical considerations and policy making is often complex, controversial and challenging; but the careful management of this interplay is vital to the effective functioning of liberal, democratic government. Ethics and Public Policy: Contemporary Issues is essential reading for policy makers and students, as well as those who are interested in the policy process."--Publisher
The Decent society? : essays in response to National's economic and social policies by Paul Dalziel( Book )

6 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Confronting climate change : critical issues for New Zealand( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The debate on the science is over. Climate change is real; it is happening even faster than previously thought and it is powerfully influenced by human activities. As events like Hurricane Katrina, the shrinking of ice-caps and the calamitous 2003 European heatwave remind us, climate change is not a future threat: it already profoundly affects the world we live in. Scientific evidence shows that dangerous climate change can only be averted through concerted global action not in 30 years' time, but over the coming decade. Bold policies, informed public debate and decisive political leadership are critical, yet many countries New Zealand among them have been slow to act. With contributions by more than 30 leading scientists and policy experts, from New Zealand and elsewhere, this book will increase public understanding about climate change and help to develop robust, effective policies. It presents the latest scientific evidence, examines the likely impacts of climate change on New Zealand and the Pacific, and outlines a range of policy solutions. It is based on a major Climate Change and Governance Conference held in Wellington in March 2006. The overwhelming message is one of urgency, but also optimism: it is not too late to make a difference"--Publishers' description
Incomes policy in New Zealand : 1968-1984 by Jonathan Boston( Book )

5 editions published in 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The child poverty debate : myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings by Jonathan Boston( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is child poverty, what evidence is there of such poverty in New Zealand and why does it matter? These questions regularly attract answers accompanied by conjecture and prejudice. This short book uses the latest evidence and a non-partisan approach, identifying child poverty as a critical issue for New Zealand's future. Jonathan Boston and Simon Chapple's succinct introduction to this challenge, drawn from their widely acclaimed full-length book and updated with new data, is essential reading"--Publisher information
Governing under proportional representation : lessons from Europe by Jonathan Boston( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Left turn : the New Zealand general election of 1999( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book looks at the campaign for the 1999 election, how people voted and why, and the formation of the minority centre-left coalition. It highlights key election issues and the leadership contest between Jenny Shipley and Helen Clark, as well as the referenda on the size of Parliament and on the justice system
New Zealand votes : the general election of 2002( Book )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Public Policy: Why ethics matters
Reconstituting the constitutionPublic management : the New Zealand modelRedesigning the welfare state in New Zealand : problems, policies, prospectsEthics and public policy : contemporary issuesConfronting climate change : critical issues for New ZealandNew Zealand votes : the general election of 2002
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