This book levels the playing field for those dealing with Government. It is an outsider’s guide to the insider’s view of Government.
There is an entire “Toolbox” of public law mechanisms that sit alongside traditional commercial law remedies, which can help citizens and businesses successfully resolve government, regulatory or policy and law reform issues. Ministers, officials and regulators have unique obligations to be transparent and to act within the lawful limits of exercising public power. There is also a range of options apart from the courts to challenge government decision-making. The Public Law Toolbox will assist those wanting to influence policy and law reform issues for business or democratic reasons by describing the tools available to businesses and citizens to successfully enable them to make the most of these avenues. It will also assist those wanting to resolve disputes concerning administrative and Government decision-making, and advise businesses on how to use the toolbox to resolve disputes with competitors.
The book will also assist Government and officials to understand their unique legal, transparency and accountability obligations and the risks that they face, taking political and public opinion factors into account.
PART A: INTRODUCTION
Chapter 1: Public law toolbox
Chapter 2: Holding government (and business) to account
Chapter 3: How government works in an MMP environment
Chapter 4: Elections
Chapter 5: Problem solving with the public law toolbox
Chapter 6: Working with the government
Chapter 7: Policy making and law reform
Chapter 8: Making law
Chapter 9: Parliamentary tools
Chapter 10: Gathering information
Chapter 11 M?ori law toolbox
Chapter 12: Human rights protection
Chapter 13: International law toolbox
Chapter 14: Inquiries
PART B: OFFICERS OF PARLIAMENT
Chapter 15: Ombudsmen
Chapter 16: Office of the Auditor-General
Chapter 17: Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment
PART C: COMPLAINTS BODIES
Chapter 18: The Privacy Commissioner
Chapter 19: The Health and Disability Commissioner
Chapter 20: The Independent Police Conduct Authority
Chapter 21: Regulations Review Committee
Chapter 22: Judicial Conduct Commissioner
Chapter 23: Accountability of Intelligence and Security Agencies
PART D: REGULATORS
Chapter 24: Commerce Commission
Chapter 25: Regulation of professions
PART E: LITIGATION
Chapter 26: Litigation as a public law tool
PART F: FRAUD AND CORRUPTION IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR
Chapter 27: Fraud and corruption
PART G: CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE
Chapter 28: Constitutional change in New Zealand
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