Max Rashbrooke

Max Rashbrooke is the author of Government for the Public Good: The Surprising Science of Large-Scale Collective Action http://www.maxrashbrooke.org.nz/

Politics
Oct 8, 2018

What is Jacinda Ardern's big idea?

As the Labour-led government approaches its first birthday, Max Rashbrooke attempts to divine whether there is a coherent ideological direction 

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Politics
Sep 5, 2017

Surprise! National can measure child poverty after all. Now comes the hard part

Prime Minister Bill English made an unexpected commitment last night to cut the number of kids living in poverty by 50,000 over the next three years, and another 50,000 in the three years following. What exactly does he mean by that, asks Max Rashbrooke – and could his plan ever even work?

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Politics
Aug 12, 2017

The indulgence of anger: NZ philosopher Jeremy Waldron on why politics needs more civility

What's the best response to the threat to political norms – and, some say, to democracy itself – posed by President Donald Trump? According to the NZ-born, New York-based political philosopher Jeremy Waldron, it's civility, reason and restraint. Max Rashbrooke talked to him during a recent visit back home.

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Politics
Jul 26, 2017

Why the attacks on National over poverty and inequality are unfounded – mostly

It is well-known that poverty and inequality have soared under National. Well-known – and unsupported by the evidence, writes Max Rashbrooke

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Media
Sep 17, 2016

Making money the old-fashioned way: What the Real Housewives says about wealth in NZ

New Zealand's greatest reality show doesn't only offer a window into the lives of the rich and shameless, says Max Rashbrooke. It's also a perfect distillation of how the country's wealth is increasingly being concentrated at the top.

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Politics
Nov 9, 2015

Politics: Income Gets Plenty of Attention – Time to Zoom in on Wealth

Discussion around inequality tends to have been dominated by what people earned. Now the debate is turning to the question of wealth, writes Max Rashbrooke.

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