Simon Parker is interested in public service reform and local governance. His current projects include work on restoring trust in councils and on the future of New Zealand's public services
Simon Parker works on public service reform and local governance. Before joining Demos in May 2005, Simon worked on public services policy for the CBI, where he led programmes on local government and public sector employment reform. He has also worked as a journalist for the Guardian and LGC, where he contributed articles on public management and politics.
Simon's current work includes projects on trust in local government, public service collaboration and social innovation. He is author of Re-imagining Government, a report that looks at the future of public services in New Zealand.
He's particularly interested in the following themes:
Competition and choice have become the watchwords of public service reform over the past decade. But while these principles have delivered some important gains, they are not enough in isolation. Tight accountability and choice have often come at the expense of fragmenting the way that schools, hospitals and councils provide their services. Service improvement has come at the expense of the capacity to solve local people’s problems.