Governing the Future

By Derek Wallace.

Published by New Directions in the Humanities, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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Book: Print $US40.00
Book: Electronic $US15.00

Since the Second World War, state administrations of all stripes have sought social stability by privileging the economic – first, through central planning, grounded in confidence in the achievability of human mastery over space and change; then through neo-liberalism, driven by an a-temporal faith in the collective benefits of maximizing individual choice. Both emphases have been equally hubristic, and devastating for the planet. This book inquires into the influencing factors as well as the practical realizations of this project at the level of national state organization and decision-making, with particular reference to Western liberal democracies, using New Zealand as a case study. In its latter stages, the book moves towards an exploration of the prospects and opportunities for a more balanced and realistic approach to managing the future – one that takes into account the demands of sustainable well-being for all. The experience of the last thirty years – characterized by a retreat from central planning followed by a partial return – and the fuller understanding of the limits of government action made possible by that experience make it an appropriate moment for a study of this kind.

Keywords: Economic policy, Community development

Book: Print (Paperback). Book: Electronic (PDF File; 1.705MB). Published by New Directions in the Humanities, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing, Illinois.

Dr. Derek Wallace

Senior Lecturer, School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Derek Wallace is a senior lecturer in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, where he teaches academic and professional writing, and interpersonal communication. His scholarly training was in the Department of English at the same university, where he did a doctorate entitled “Managing Power: The role of writing in the formation of public policy”, describing and analyzing the texts surrounding an instance of policy development. A comprehensive account of this work appears in “Writing and the management of power: Producing public policy in New Zealand.” In Charles Bazerman and David R. Russell (eds.), Writing selves/writing societies: Research from activity perspectives. Perspectives on writing, 159–178. Fort Collins, Colorado: The WAC Clearinghouse and Mind, Culture, and Activity,


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