1. Background Reading 1 item
    These readings will provide historical and contextual material essential for this course.
    1. Public policy in New Zealand: institutions, processes and outcomes - Richard Shaw, Chris Eichbaum 2011

      Book Recommended

  2. Week One Readings 8 items
    1. Lecture 1 - no readings

    2. Lecture 2

    3. Seeing reason - Dan Jones 2016

      Article Recommended

    4. The Craft of Research - Wayne C. Booth, , Gregory G. Colomb, , Joseph M. Williams, , Joseph Bizup, , and William T. Fitzgerald 2016

      Book Supplementary A complement to the critical thinking lecture

    5. Cognitive bias cheat sheet - Better Humans - Medium - Buster Benson

      Webpage Supplementary This is complementary to the material presented in the critical thinking lecture

    6. A Quick Puzzle to Test Your Problem Solving - The New York Times - David Leonhardt

      Webpage Supplementary The article on confirmation bias provided in the lecture

  3. Week Two Readings 12 items
    1. Lecture 3

    2. Lecture 4

    3. Institutions - Douglass C. North 1991

      Article Supplementary

    4. The End of History? - Francis Fukuyama 1989

      Article Supplementary Supplementary reading for lecture on Institutions - Fukuyama's original article where he proclaims 'the end of history' following the end of the Cold War.

    5. Covenants with and without a Sword: Self-Governance Is Possible - Elinor Ostrom, James Walker, Roy Gardner 06/1992

      Article Supplementary Supporting reading for lecture material on self-governance. The main message can be found in the abstract, introduction, and conclusion - you don't need to get bogged down in the methods if you don't want to.

    6. The Diplomat-Parking-Violation Corruption Index - The New York Times

      Webpage Supplementary NY Times article on social norms and UN diplomats' parking violations

    7. What actually is populism? And why does it have a bad reputation? - Octavia Bryant, Benjamin Moffitt February 6, 2019 6.18am AEDT

      Article Supplementary Supplementary reading on Populism

  4. Week Three Readings 8 items
    1. Lecture 5

    2. The 9th Floor:The Reformer - Geoffrey Palmer 2017

      Audio document Supplementary This Radio New Zealand podcast series from 2017 interviews a number of former Prime Ministers. Each is worth a listen in its own right, but this interview provides useful background on the shift to an MMP electoral system, and Palmer's concerns about the absence of constitutional roadblocks in New Zealand's system of government. May be of particular use to those less familiar with New Zealand's recent political history.

    3. Lecture 6

  5. Week Four Readings 12 items
    1. Lecture 7 3 items
    2. Wealth creation and the entrepreneurial state: Building symbiotic public-private partnerships - Mariana Mazzucato

      Chapter Supplementary Supplementary reading for lecture on the role of government in the market economy

    3. Taming Leviathan 20110319

      Article Supplementary This provides further context for the discussion on the role of government in a market economy and offers support for the argument in favour of less government.

    4. Look at the phone in your hand – you can thank the state for that | Rutger Bregman - Rutger Bregman 12/07/2017

      Article Supplementary This provides further context for the discussion of the state having an active role in the market economy

    5. The Negotiator - Jim Bolger | RNZ

      Webpage Supplementary Interview with former PM Jim Bolger reflecting on his time in office. Part of a series of interviews with all of NZ's living former PMs.

    6. Lecture 8 3 items
    7. What Is Governance? - Francis Fukuyama 07/2013

      Article Supplementary Supplementary reading on good governance

    8. Institute for New Economic Thinking

      Audio-visual document Supplementary This video series raises one of the big philosophical and ethical questions of our time: Is there something wrong with a world in which everything is for sale? Should we pay children to read books or to get good grades? Should we allow corporations to pay for the right to pollute the atmosphere? Is it ethical to pay people to test risky new drugs or to donate their organs? What about hiring mercenaries to fight our wars? Auctioning admission to elite universities? Selling citizenship to immigrants willing to pay? What do you think?!

  6. Week Five: Readings 1 item
    1. Understanding commercial law - Leigh Miller, Philippa Gerbic 2014

      Book  Chapter 1. Click "Online Resource" to read.

  7. Week Six Readings 0 items
  8. Week Seven Readings 4 items
  9. Week Eight Readings 2 items
  10. Week Nine Readings 6 items
    1. Human Rights Act 1993 Reprint as at 28 September 2017


  11. Week Ten Readings 3 items
    1. Case Study: Income Inequality 3 items
      1. Chapter 1: Setting the Scene - Anthony Atkinson 2015

        Webpage Required

      2. Reducing poverty, not inequality - Martin Feldstein 1999

        Webpage Recommended

  12. Week 11 Readings 8 items
    1. Case Study: Climate Change 5 items
      1. Why do economists describe climate change as a 'market failure'? - Duncan Clark, Alex Bowen, Simon Dietz and Naomi Hicks 21/05/2012


    2. Case Study: Wellbeing Economics 3 items
      1. The Sad State of Happiness in the United States and the Role of Digital Media." | Chapter 5 of 2019 World Happiness Report - Jean Twenge

        Document Required "The Sad State of Happiness in the United States and the Role of Digital Media." is chapter 5 of 2019 World Happiness Report and includes pages 87-96.

      2. The causes of happiness and misery | Chapter 3 of the World Happiness Report

        Document Required "The causes of happiness and misery" is Chapter 3 of the World Happiness Report and includes pages 58-89. Students may also wish to read chapters 1, 2 & 4.

  13. Week 12 2 items
    1. Case Study : Globalisation 2 items