The Old Boys’ Network? Social Ties and Policy Consensus amongst Australian and New Zealand Economic Policy Elites ( 291Kb)
Abstract: While much popular and academic work assumes strong links between elites, there is a surprising lack of empirical evidence for such beliefs, especially in New Zealand. This paper aims to address some of these empirical gaps by examining elite linkages in New Zealand and Australia, drawing on 180 interviews with economic policy elites in the two countries. It shows there are significant social network ties between economic policy elites within Australia and New Zealand and some evidence this has facilitated policy consensus.
Citation: Goldfinch, S. 2002. ‘The Old Boys