New Zealand has been rated the world’s most free economy by The Economist due to reforms initiated by the Labour government. The old Crown departments have been split into their policy, regulatory, service-delivery and commercial functions. The government has also become the first to adopt the same kind of rigorous accounting standards that are demanded of commercial firms – every new policy must be subjected to long range and analysis of its costs and impact. Having seen New Zealand as the world’s laboratory for public sector reform, there is much we could learn from the Kiwi effect.

 

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