Politics and law
US Election 2020: Is American democracy too polarised to survive?
26 November 2020
Opinion: Donald Trump's power won’t prove authoritarian enough to compel the other branches and levels of government to undermine the election, writes Associate Professor Tim Kuhner.
The cruel violence of ‘kindness’ and ‘unity’
19 November 2020
Opinion: Dylan Asafo argues it’s impossible to govern for "all New Zealanders” in an exceptionally unequal society like ours and that there is no honest middle ground.
Energy democracy: power to the people
16 November 2020
Opinion: The ‘build back better’ concept should incorporate a close look at community energy initiatives owned and controlled by the people, writes Julie MacArthur.
Kamala Harris for VP: power for the future
12 November 2020
Opinion: The election of Kamala Harris as VP is an opportunity to make true progress in addressing the wide gender gap in US politics, writes Katherine Smits.
Study to recognise and protect independent public service, awarded Marsden
11 November 2020
Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden, the Marsden Fund, has awarded $660,000 to Professor Janet McLean QC for her research project Reconstitutionalising the Public Service in Westminster systems.
Moving beyond an amoral world of winners and losers
10 November 2020
Opinion: Dame Anne Salmond argues the election results here and in the US offer a world beyond rampant individualism and contrived divisions.
Where to now for cannabis law reform?
7 November 2020
Opinion: The status quo on cannabis is neither optimal nor desirable. NZ should think long and hard on how it intends to move forward, writes Benedikt Fischer.
The most consequential (and bizarre) election of our lifetime
6 November 2020
Opinion: A Biden presidency offers hope of moderation and a return to rational and consensual policy-making in the public interest, writes Stephen Hoadley.
The bureaucratic blocks to welfare reform
5 November 2020
Opinion: Susan St John points to the behaviour of MSD bureaucrats in the spousal deduction saga to illustrate how major handbrakes work to block welfare reform.
Government terms: three years or four?
4 November 2020
Opinion: While sceptical about extending the government term by a year, Ed Willis says it's a debate worth having. Here, he outlines some structure for that debate.
Funding for research into Pacific experiences of the criminal justice system
30 October 2020
A research project that aims to capture the experiences of Pacific people in New Zealand’s Criminal Justice System, has received funding of more than $250,000 from the Michael & Suzanne Borrin Foundation.
Taking Issue: can gangs ever be good for society?
29 October 2020
We all know the harm that gangs can do but can they ever be good for society? And what constitutes a gang anyway? Three experts from the University discuss the issues.