School of Government

Prof Jonathan Boston

Professor of Public Policy
Policy Studies (Institute of), School of Government
address

Phone: 04 463 5456
Mobile: 027 563 5456
Location: Room 825, , Pipitea Campus

Prof Jonathan Boston

Currently Teaching

MAPP 523 - Politics, Philosophy and Public Policy
Course Coordinator

PUBL 201 - Introduction to Public Policy
Course Coordinator

Qualifications

MA(Hons) Cant; DPhil (Oxford).

Profile

Jonathan Boston holds a Personal Chair in Public Policy. He has published widely in the fields of public management, tertiary education, social policy, comparative government, New Zealand politics and climate change policy, including 21 books and over 170 journal articles and book chapters. During 1995-2003 he was a member of the New Zealand Political Change Project, based at Victoria University of Wellington and funded by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology. The Project explored the behavioural, institutional and policy impacts of the introduction of proportional representation in New Zealand in 1996. In 2000-02 he served as a member of the Tertiary Education Advisory Commission, and subsequently worked for the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) on the design, implementation and evaluation of the Performance-Based Research Fund. In this capacity he was the primary author of the TEC's report on the 2003 Quality Evaluation of research performance in New Zealand's tertiary education sector. During 2005-08 he was Deputy Director of the IPS, and was appointed Director in mid 2008.

Jonathan Boston discusses child poverty and his role as co-chair of the Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty here  

Publications

Authored Book

  • Boston J, Callister P, Wolf A, The Policy Implications of Diversity (Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies, 2006), 224pp.

Edited Book

  • Morris C, Boston J, Butler P, Reconstituting the Constitution (Berlin, Springer, 2011).
  • Boston J, Bradstock A, Eng D, Ethics and Public Policy: Contemporary Issues (Wellington, Victoria University Press, 2011), 382pp.
  • Boston J, Bradstock A, Eng D, Public Policy: Why Ethics Matters (Canberra, ANU E Press, 2010), 311pp.
  • Boston J G, Nel P, Righarts M, Climate Change and Security: Planning for the future (Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies, 2008), 116pp.
  • Boston J G, Towards a New Global Climate Treaty: Looking beyond 2012 (Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies, 2007), 256pp.
  • Bakker L, Boston J, Campbell L, Smyth R, Evaluating the Performance-Based Research Fund: Framing the Debate (Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies, 2006), First Ed., 522pp.
  • Boston J G, Davey J A, Implications of Population Ageing: Opportunities and Risks (Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies, 2006), 388pp.

Chapter in Book

  • Boston J G, 'Dynamics of Government Formation', in New Zealand Government and Politics, edited by Miller, R. (Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 2008), 5 Ed, pp. 206-225.
  • Boston J G, 'The Complicated Politics of Climate Change - reconciling the long-term interests of the planet with short lived political imperatives', in In the Public Interest: Essays in honour of Professor Keith Jackson, edited by Francis, M. and Tully, J. (Christchurch, Canterbury University Press, 2008).
  • Boston J G, Eichbaum C J, 'Financial Management and Democratic Accountability: Lessons from New Zealand', in Accounting in Politics: Devolution and Democratic Accountability, edited by I. Lapsley (London, Routledge, 2008), pp. 109-133.
  • Boston J G, Hanlen G, 'The Quest to Eliminate Extreme Poverty', in Eliminating World Povert: Global Goals and Regional Progress, edited by Boston, J. (Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies, 2008), pp. 1-29.
  • Boston J G, Nel P, Righarts M, 'Introduction', in Climate Change and Security, edited by Boston, J. Nel, P. and Righarts, M. (Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies, 2008), pp. 1-8.
  • Boston J G, Ward M, 'Current International Climate Change Architecture', in Towards a New Global Climate Treaty: Looking Beyond 2012 (Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies, 2007), pp. 67-88.
  • Boston J G, Kengmana L P, 'Post 2012: Policy Issues and Options', in Towards a New Global Climate Treaty: Looking Beyond 2012, edited by Jonathan Boston (Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies, 2007), pp. 135-177.
  • Boston J G, Mischewski B, Studman C, 'New Zealand's Performance Based Research Fund - An alternative approach to research assessment', in Issues in Research Management and Administration: Managing Research Assessment RAE 2008 and Beyond (UK Association of Research Managers and Administrators, 2007).
  • Boston J G, 'Post 2012: Towards a New Global Climate Treaty', in Towards a New Global Climate Treaty: Looking Beyond 2012, edited by Jonathan Boston (Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies, 2007), pp. 3-35.
  • Boston J G, 'The Way Ahead: Issues and Implications for New Zealand', in Towards a New Global Climate Treaty: Looking Beyond 2012 Towards a New Global Climate Treaty: Looking Beyond 2012, edited by Jonathan Boston (Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies, 2007), pp. 241-258.
  • Boston J G, Chapman R B, 'The Nature of the problem and the Case for Rapid Stabilisation', in Towards a New Global Climate Treaty: Looking Beyond 2012, edited by Jonathan Boston (Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies, 2007), pp. 37-65.
  • Eichbaum C J, Boston J G, 'State Sector Reform and Renewal in New Zealand: Lessons for governnance', in The Repositioning of Public Governance: Global Experience and Challenges, edited by Caiden, Gerald and Tsai-Tse Su (Taipei, Best-Wise Publishing Co, 2007), pp. 127-179.
  • Boston J G, 'Forming a Government', in New Zealand Government and Politics, edited by MIller, R (Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 2006), 4 Ed, pp. 236-256.
  • Boston J G, 'An unusual government: Coalition politics and inter-party arrangements following the 2005 general election', in The Baubles of Office: The New Zealand general election of 2005 (Wellington, Victoria University Press, 2006), pp. 389-418.
  • Boston J G, 'Rationale for the Performance-Based Research Fund: Personal Reflections', in Evaluating the Performance -Based Research Fund: Framing the Debate, edited by Bakker, I., Boston, J., Campbell, L., and Smyth, R. (Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies, 2006), pp. 5-31.
  • Boston J G, 'The Political Challenges', in Confronting Climate Change: Critical Issues for New Zealand, edited by Chapman, R., Boston, J., and Schwass, M. (Wellington, Victoria University Press, 2006), pp. 43-55.
  • Boston J G, Davey J A, 'Conclusion: Risks and Opportunities', in Implications of Population Ageing, edited by Boston, J., and Davey, J. (Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies, 2006), pp. 373-388.
  • Boston J G, Davey J A, 'Introduction', in Implications of Population Ageing: Opportunities and Risks, edited by Boston, J. and Davey, J. (Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies, 2006), pp. 1-9.
  • Boston J G, Davey J A, 'Politics of Ageing', in Implications of Population Ageing: Opportunities and Risks, edited by Boston, J., and Davey, J. (Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies, 2006), pp. 363-372.
  • Chapman R B, Boston J G, Schwass M, 'Introduction: Critical Issues', in Confronting Climate Change: Critical Issues for New Zealand, edited by Ralph Chapman, Jonathon Boston and Margot Schwass (Wellington, Victoria University Press, 2006), pp. 17-26.
  • Eichbaum C J, Boston J G, 'State Sector Reform and Renewal in New Zealand', in The Repositioning of Public Governance Global Experience and Challenges (Taiwan, Taiwan National University Press, 2006), pp. 127-180.
  • Boston J G, 'The performance based research fund: key concerns and future directions - where to from here?', in Punishing the discipline - the PBRF regime: evaluating the position of education - where to from here?, edited by R. Smith & J. Jesson (Auckland, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland, 2005), pp. 173-185.

Journal Contribution - Research Article

  • Boston J G, 'Innovative Political Management: Multi-party governance in New Zealand', Policy Quarterly, 5, 2, May (2009), pp. 52-59. http://ips.ac.nz/publications/publications/show/264.
  • Boston J G, 'Developing a Long-Term Climate Change Mitigation Strategy', Political Science, 60, 1 (2008), pp. 98-116.
  • Boston J G, 'Framing a Post-2012 Climate Change Agreement: The Quest for 'Comparability of Efforts'', Policy Quarterly, 4, 4, November (2008), pp. 40-47. http://ips.ac.nz/publications/publications/list/10.
  • Boston J G, Eichbaum C J, 'State Sector Reform and Renewal in New Zealand - Lessons for Governance', Koz-Gazdasag (Theory and Practice of Economics), 3, 1, February (2008), pp. 121-137.
  • Boston J G, 'Global Climate Change Policies: From Bali to Copenhagen and beyond', Policy Quarterly, 4, 1 (2008), pp. 50-61. http://ips.ac.nz/publications/publications/list/10.
  • Boston J G, 'Stern Lessons on Climate Change: Stabilisation Targets and Emission Reductions', Policy Quarterly, 3, 1 (2007), pp. 11-19. http://ips.ac.nz/publications/files/7da3b61cad0.pdf.
  • Boston J G, Bale T P, Church S R, ''Natural because it had become just that'. path dependency in pre-electoral pacts and government formation: a New Zealand case study', Journal of Australia Journal of Political Science, 40, 4, December (2005), pp. 481-498.
  • Boston J G, Bullock D, 'Experiments in Executive Government under MMP in New Zealand: Contrasting approaches to multi-party governance', New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law, 7, 1, June (2009).
  • Boston J G, Callister P D, 'Diversity and public policy', IPS Policy Quarterly, 1, 4 (2005), pp. 34-43.
  • Boston J G, Callister P D, 'Diversity and public policy', Policy Quarterly, 1, 4 (2005), pp. 34-43.
  • Boston J G, Ladley A S, 'The art and craft of coalition management', New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law, 4, 1, June (2006), pp. 55-90.
  • Boston J G, Mischewski B, Smyth R, 'Performance based resarch fund - implications for research in the social sciences', Social Policy Journal of New Zealand, 24, March (2005), pp. 55-84.

Journal Contribution - Other

  • Boston J G, 'The Political Neutrality of the State Services: issues and principles - Introductory comments', Public Sector, 30, 3 (2007), pp. 3-4.
  • Boston J G, 'The Political Neutrality of the State Services: issues and principles - responding comments', Public Sector, 30, 3 (2007), pp. 11-12.

Conference Unpublished Paper Contribution

  • Boston J G, 'Developing a Long-Term Climate Change Mitigation Strategy', The Politics of Climate Change: Lessons for New Zealand and small states in the Pacific (Christchurch, November 2007).
  • Boston J G, 'Government Formation in New Zealand Under MMP: Theory and Practice', Coalition Government: Comparative Perspectives (Auckland, February 2007).
  • Boston J G, 'The Performance-Based Research Fund: Issues and Options for the Future', Forum on the Performance-Based Research Fund (Wellington, June 2007).
  • Boston J G, 'The policy implications of diversity', National diversity forum (Wellington, August 2005).
  • Boston J G, 'The public interest, climate change and the future of the planet: reducing the sins of emission', Public Interest Conference 2006 (Christchurch, August 2006).
  • Boston J G, 'The rationale for the Performance-Based Research Fund', Symposium on the PBRF (Wellington, February 2006).
  • Boston J G, 'Towards a restorative society', Institute of Policy Studies conference (Wellington, October 2005).
  • Boston J G, Eichbaum C J, 'State sector reform and renewal in New Zealand: lessons for governance', Conference on 'the repositioning of public governance: global experiences and challenges', National Taiwan University (Taipei, November 2005).
  • Boston J G, Ladley A S, 'Managing coalitions', Conference on the executive, NZCPL (Wellington, November 2005).

Working or Occasional Paper

  • Boston J G, Callister P D, Wolf A M, The policy implications of diversity, background paper for the Project on Cross-Cutting Policy Issues (Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies, School of Government, VUW, 2005), 0pp.

PBRF Other

  • Manning M R, Reisinger A R, Barrett P J, Boston J G, Chapman R B, Submission on the Review of the Emissions Trading Scheme and Related Matters, A submission to the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Review of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme and related matetrs (2009), 31pp. http://www.parliament.nz/NR/rdonlyres/48F9206B-8F72-4C70-A716-E7230B2585A9/100934/NewZealandClimateChangeResearchInstitute_240_3.pdf.

History, Philosophy, Political Sci & Int Relations

Chapter in Book

  • Boston J G, Church S R, Levine S, McLeay E M, Roberts N S, 'Introduction', in Left turn: the New Zealand general election of 1999, edited by J. Boston, S. Church, S. Levine, E. McLeay, N.S. Roberts (Wellington, Victoria University Press, 2000), pp. 7-15.

Earth Sciences

Edited Book

  • Chapman R B, Boston J G, Schwass M, Confronting Climate Change: Critical Issues for New Zealand (Wellington, Victoria University Press, 2006), 336pp.

Journal Contribution - Research Article

  • Chapman R, Boston J, 'The social implications of decarbonising the New Zealand economy', Social Policy Journal of New Zealand, 31, July (2007), pp. 104-136.

PBRF Other

  • Chapman R B, Reisinger A R, Lawrence J, Boston J G, Forging a credible ETS: why the Select Committee's report matters (2009), 2pp. http://www.victoria.ac.nz/climate%2Dchange/events/commentaries_articles.aspx.