Cultural change within the New Zealand and Australian Treasuries
Wallis, Joe; Dollery, Brian
Cultural change within two Treasuries is explained in terms of their secretaries' use of agenda-setting, strategic recruitment and “expression games”. A different institutional context allowed the New Zealand Treasury (NZT) to exercise a more dominant influence than the Australian Treasury (AT) although the postwar hegemony of a market failure (MF) paradigm meant that a “culture of balanced evaluation” was preserved in both agencies. The erosion of this paradigm's authority in the 1980s prompted cultural re-invention in both agencies as they aligned themselves with reformists committed to policies derived from a government failure paradigm. The stronger reaction to the alignment of the more dominant NZT has placed it under more pressure than the AT to reinvent itself again in the 1990s.
Publisher: University of Otago
Series number: 210
Research Type: Discussion Paper