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    Feature and news articles by Max Rashbrooke

    Welcome

    by  • April 19, 2017 • Features • 1 Comment

    Welcome to my personal website. This is largely a holding site with background information about me and my ongoing projects, rather than something frequently updated. More information about those projects can be found on the Inequality and About Me pages. The About Me page also has my contact details in case you want to...

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    No evidence that bigger councils are better, says expert

    by  • February 19, 2015 • News • 1 Comment

    Experts have clashed over whether Wellington should emulate Auckland and amalgamate its local councils, in a public seminar jointly hosted by Victoria University’s Institute for Governance and Policy Studies and the Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research. Introducing the debate, Graham Sansom, an adjunct professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, noted that...

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    Treasury contemplates turning SOEs into co-ops

    by  • December 4, 2014 • Articles, News • 0 Comments

    I was at a conference recently about co-operatives and their role in the twenty-first century, and heard something interesting from Girol Karacaoglu, the Treasury’s chief economist. Karacaoglu, who used to run what is now the Co-operative Bank and has been a big supporter of this conference, was chairing a session entitled ‘Cooperatives as an...

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    Community-based public services can simply put govt workers out of jobs, academic says

    by  • November 6, 2014 • News • 2 Comments

    Novel community-based methods of delivering public services can have the “perverse incentive” of replacing paid public sector staff with volunteers. That was the message of a lecture delivered by Dr Jonathan Scott, head of the Centre for Strategy and Leadership at Teesside University (UK), in a lecture to the Institute for Governance and Policy...

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