Over the past twenty years, New Zealand has been transformed from a
welfare state into a free market economy, but is now slowly
returning to its old socialist patterns under the present Labour
government. Bringing together leading authorities from across the
social sciences and professions, this book puts current economic
development policies and strategies into an historical perspective
and identifies the key factors that have been influential in
shaping the country's innovative development policies and
potential. It therefore provides an insightful and comprehensive
overview of the economic development process in New Zealand. The
topics discussed include: population change and how this relates to
economic growth; recent Central and Local Government policies and
programmes, such as the New Zealand Regional Partnership Program;
Maori economic development; sustainability; entrepreneurship;
public/private partnerships; and industry clusters. The book
concludes with a critical discussion of the range of policies and
programmes and puts forward suggestions for best-case practice for
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