Bringing the Bureaucrats Back In: Neoliberal tax reform in New Zealand

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dc.contributor.author CHRISTENSEN, Johan
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-26T10:56:46Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-26T10:56:46Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Public Policy, 2012, 32, 2, 141-168 en
dc.identifier.issn 1469-7815
dc.identifier.issn 0143-814X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/23956
dc.description.abstract New Zealand moved further in neo-liberal tax reform than most other advanced economies over the last three decades. The article investigates this extreme case to address the question of what explains major neo-liberal economic reform. Comparing tax policy-making in two periods, the 1980s and 2008–10, we argue that neo-liberal tax reform in New Zealand is best understood as the product of “autonomous bureaucratic action”. That is, bureaucratic organisations within the state independently formulated the goals and ideas for reform, took an activist role in policy-making and strongly influenced the policy preferences of ministers. Moreover, responding to a criticism often raised against state-centred theories, we offer an explicit explanation of bureaucratic preferences. We argue that bureaucratic goals and ideas were a product of how particular structural features of the bureaucracy – organisation and training – made ministries more or less receptive to new ideas within the economics discipline. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Bringing the Bureaucrats Back In: Neoliberal tax reform in New Zealand en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1017/S0143814X12000050


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