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Measures of wellbeing

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Discover more about New Zealand's wellbeing work and how we can implement the success elsewhere.

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  • Glenn Everett,
  • Gabriel Makhrouf
  • Jonathan Boston

Jonathan Boston:

Title: 'Budgeting for Wellbeing: A brief assessment of New Zealand's 2019 Wellbeing Budget'

Blurb: In recent years, improving the wellbeing of citizens has become an increasingly important policy goal in many OECD countries. New Zealand has been at the forefront of this trend: the Labour-led coalition delivered the first ever ‘wellbeing budget’ in late May 2019 and subsequently announced a major ‘Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy’. It has also amended the Local Government Act 2002 to require local governments ‘to promote the social, economic, environmental, and cultural well-being of communities in the present and for the future’. But the pursuit of wellbeing raises fundamental philosophical, ethical, conceptual, and measurement challenges, together with many practical issues for policy-makers. This presentation briefly outlines and assesses New Zealand's wellbeing budget, and considers the implications for other OECD countries.

Biography: Jonathan Boston is Professor of Public Policy in the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington. His research interests include: climate change policy (both mitigation and adaptation); child poverty; governance (especially anticipatory governance); public management; tertiary education funding (especially research funding); and welfare state design. He has served at various times as the Director of the Institute of Policy Studies and the Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. Recent books and major reports include: Child Poverty in New Zealand (with Simon Chapple) (2014); Governing for the Future: Designing Democratic Institutions for a Better Tomorrow (2017); Safeguarding the Future: Governing in an Uncertain World (2017); and Foresight, Insight, and Oversight: Enhancing Long-Term Governance through Better Parliamentary Scrutiny (with David Bagnall and Anna Barry) (2019). He is the editor of Policy Quarterly.

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