What is Good Public Policy?" Experts joined the Australian Public Policy Research Network in discussing what makes good public policy. Discussion centred around long term thinking, timeliness, use of evidence, the involvement of stakeholders, and the interplay between policy making and politics.
By Australian Public Policy Research Network, Australia.
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The Budgetary Process " Written for those interested in understanding the role of aid in the budgetary process in developing countries, Aid and Public Expenditure and The Basic Budgeting Problem actually provide an excellent summary of the budgetary process which is more generally applicable. By Mick Foster and Adrian Fozzard. Overseas Development Institute. A contrast is provided by Putting It Together: An Explanatory Guide to the New Zealand Public Sector Financial Management System - which describes the impact of the Fiscal Responsibility Act on New Zealand's budgetary process.
By Overseas Development Institute , Newzealand .
Measuring Well-Being " What is the aim of government? One answer is that it might be to maximise citizens' life satisfaction. Researchers have used a range of different approaches in order to know what makes people happy and how to judge whether a society is making progress to this goal. Mike Salvaris provides a very useful summary of the international development of social indicators which measure more than economic growth in "Community and social indicators: How citizens can measure progress". This is published by the Swinburne Institute for Social Research alongside "Tasmania Together arators - see "Structural Monitoring: International Benchmarking of Denmark" for more details. Finally, Partha Dasgupta and Karl-Göran Mäler argue that the usual measures of economic success are useful but shouldn't be used to measure well-being in a number of reports from the Beijer International Institute of Environmental Economics.
By Beijer International Institute of Environmental Economics , Australia, US, Denmark, Sweden.
Financial Engineering and Public Finances " New Zealand's Treasury public finance economists have produced interesting papers on securitisation, and portfolio theory. The securitisation research examines the use of securitisation techniques by governments, using the sale of Student Loan debt in the UK as a case study
By New Zealand's Treasury ,Newzealand.