Category Archives: Globalisation & Trade

The Future Of Auckland.

Presentation to Auckland Regional Council: 29 October. 2008. Keywords: Globalisation & Trade; Governance; Growth & Innovation; Aucklanders sometimes talk about wanting to have a ‘world class city’. Since any city can be world class in its class, that is not a very ambitious goal. The issue is in which class does Auckland want to be?…
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Medium Term Economic Issues: a Loose List.

Keywords: Globalisation & Trade;  Growth & Innovation;   1. Macroeconomic Issues             1.1 The International Financial Crisis is leading to a world economic recession. Nobody knows how deep or long it will be. It is bound to impact on New Zealand and will take up a lot policy time in the near future.             1.2…
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The Trans-tasman Labour Market

Contribution to a panel which is a part of the launch of the Australia-New Zealand Connections Research Centre (ANZRC), University of Canterbury, Christchurch, Friday 10 October 2008.   Keywords: Globalisation & Trade; Labour Studies; Political Economy & History;   The Trans-Tasman labour market is over two hundred years old – perhaps since the first convict…
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Politics, Policy and Modernisation

Presentation to a Union Gathering: July 2, 2008    Keywords: Globalisation & Trade; Growth & Innovation; Political Economy & History;  Central to policy is that there are always new forces which are requiring to adapt policies to new circumstances – what may be called ‘ongoing modernisation’. There are three major sources of these forces.  …
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Submission to the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance

23 April, 2008   Keywords: Globalisation & Trade; Governance;   Introduction   The purpose of this note is to bring together various writings of mine about some analytic tools, which the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance may find helpful. There are no specific recommendations other than I commend the use of these tools were relevant….
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Is There a Place for New Zealand in a Globalising World?

A Spirited Conversation: 7 April 2008.   Keywords: Globalisation & Trade; Literature and Culture; Political Economy & History;   When I began the study which led to my book, Globalisation and the Wealth of Nations, I assumed that ultimately globalisation would destroy nations. I knew that globalisation had created the modern nation-state, which hardly existed…
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Globalisation and Social Democrats

The Meaning of Globalisation  Globalisation – the integration of regional and national economies – has been one of the great forces which have shaped the modern world. New Zealand would be a very different place had there been no globalisation and its forces continue to influence our world. To what extent we can shape our…
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The Globalisation Of a Welfare State

Chapter 3 of New Zealand, New Welfare, edited by N. Lunt, M. O’Brien & R. Stephens. (Cenage Learning, 2007)   Keywords: Globalisation & Trade; Labour Studies; Social Policy;   In March 1952, just two men were on the Department of Social Security’s unemployment benefit. The rules of entitlement partly determine the numbers, but those registered…
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What Does ‘hollowing out Of the Economy’ Mean?

This note was prepared for some colleagues.   Keywords: Distributional Economics;  Growth & Innovation;   Th phrase ‘hollowing out’ is often used to cover a multitude of poorly thought through ideas which have lots of rhetoric but perhaps not much intellectual content. Here I am going to try to give the notion some analytical rigour…
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Is Inequality Really Increasing from Globalisation?

The Weekend Herald of November 10, 2007 devoted three pages, to a Newsweek article which was strong on anecdote and opinion and weak on analysis and facts. I submitted the following note. They took a fortnight to tell me they had more important things to deal with.   Keywords: Distributional Economics; Globalisation & Trade;  …
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Writing Globalisation and the Wealth Of Nations

Presented to the Stout Research Centre ‘Research Roundup’ 17 October 2007   Keywords:  Globalisation & Trade; Growth & Innovation; History of Ideas, Methodology & Philosophy;   Invited to contribute to this Stout Centre Research Roundup, I was torn between telling you about the project I am working on, and the one which I have just…
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Cultivating Auckland

Why Doesn’t Our Biggest City Have A More Thriving Cultural Life?    Listener: 8 September, 2007.    Keywords: Globalisation & Trade; Literature and Culture;    Asked the difference between Auckland and yoghurt, Wellingtonians are likely to say that the culture is alive in yoghurt. Saying that Wellington has more classical music, more professional theatre and,…
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Greater Good

Limit Your Carbon Emissions for Honourable Reasons, But Don’t Expect the World to Follow.   Listener: 11 August, 2007.   Keywords: Environment & Resources;  Globalisation & Trade;   It will not be easy for the world to solve the threat of global warming. It requires collective action, but there is no supranational political entity to…
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