Shrinking the state 2.0: commentary on Ken Warren’s ‘A new model of collaboration’ and related IGPS working paper


  • Geoff Bertram Victoria University of Wellington



This commentary is a response to two papers by Ken Warren: his article in this issue of Policy Quarterly (Warren, 2022) and the longer, more detailed IGPS working paper on which it is based (Warren, 2021). 

Stripped of the distracting clutter of business school jargon, both papers read to me as a rearguard action in defence of the rapidly unravelling public sector ‘reforms’ that were promoted and driven through in the late 1980s, starting with the New Zealand Treasury’s 1987 briefing document Government Management, and embodied in the State Sector Act 1988.


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Author Biography

Geoff Bertram, Victoria University of Wellington

Geoff Bertram is a senior associate of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies.