Current JD Stout Fellow

Meet our current JD Stout Fellow and find out more about their research project.

Max Rashbrooke

JD Stout Fellow 2020

Despite its supposedly egalitarian heritage, New Zealand now has levels of income and wealth inequality similar to nations long considered more unequal, such as the UK. So if New Zealand’s level of inequality remains high, it may begin to experience the same problems with social mobility and cohesion experienced by those other countries. People’s sense of ‘how the other half lives’ may be eroded, and the most important opportunities – job openings, for instance, or house purchases – may increasingly depend on parental assistance and advantages transmitted from generation to generation. Combining original statistical research with first-person interviews, Max's research project will examine the effect of these trends and questions in twenty-first-century New Zealand.

Max Rashbrooke is a Wellington-based writer with twin interests in economic inequality and democratic participation. He is the author of Government for the Public Good: The Surprising Science of Large-Scale Collective Action, published by Bridget Williams Books (BWB) in September 2018. He is also the author of Wealth and New Zealand and edited the best-selling work Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis. He is a senior associate of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, his work appears in outlets such as the Guardian and Prospect magazine, and he is a regular commentator in the New Zealand media.

Max took up his appointment at the Stout Research Centre on 1 March 2020.

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Max Rashbrooke

Max Rashbrooke

John David Stout Research Fellow
Stout Research Centre