Welcome to Political Science and Public Policy

Political Science

In Political Science we study all aspects of political life. We ask questions like: why do some crises lead to conflict while others are resolved peacefully? What lessons can we draw from the policy experience of other countries? How ought they to deal with the growing international environmental crisis? Why does democracy survive in some countries and not in others? Can we have both freedom and equality - or must we choose between them? What did the great political thinkers of the past - from Plato to Karl Marx - really say?

Public Policy is an interdisciplinary major. It is particularly suitable for students who wish to work in the public sector, or for organisations which seek to influence public policies. The programme has structure and flexibility: a compulsory paper is provided at each level, but students are then free to focus on the particular areas of policy which interest them most. Papers on economic, educational, environmental, ethnic, foreign, populations, and social policy are included.

Public Policy

Public Policy papers analyse and evaluate how national, regional and local institutions of the state initiate, develop and implement policies. They discuss theories of organisation, decision-making and administration, public management, and how public officials work and interact with both the public sector and the political executive. Papers examine policies in the context of political values and culture, economic constraints, political party agendas, and seek how to explain and how and why particular policies are adopted by governments.

We Teach

Political Science, Public Policy, International Relations and Security Studies

2016 NZPSA Conference

New Zealand Political Studies Associate Annual Conference, University of Waikato, Hamilton. November 28-30. Divergent Democracies: Politics in the 21st Century

Political Science & Public Policy Events

Events are a crucial part of the Faculty's lively research culture, and provide opportunities for engagement with our staff, students and the community. We regularly advertise upcoming events in this programme - including events that we are facilitating, and events that our staff and students have the opportunity to actively participate in. We encourage you to check this listing often.

NZIIA Waikato

New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (Waikato Branch) Meetings and Speakers

Awards & Prizes

Winners of our Graduate Scholarship, Theo Roy Scholarship in Politics and Lewis Fretz Prize in International Relations