Safeguarding the Future

Safeguarding the Future

Governing in an Uncertain World

In an era of populist politics, Brexit, Donald Trump, 24-hour news cycles and perpetual election campaigning, how do we govern well for the future? How do we take the long view, ensuring that present-day policy decisions reflect the needs and safeguard the interests of future generations?

In this timely BWB Text, acclaimed policy scholar Jonathan Boston sets out what ‘anticipatory governance’ might look like in New Zealand. Confronted with a world becoming more uncertain by the day, this book is essential reading for anyone questioning how democratic societies can tackle the unprecedented challenges ahead.

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Print publication:
Ebook publication: Mar 2017
Pages: 216
RRP: $14.99
ISBN: 9780947518257
DOI: 10.7810/9780947518257

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'Book review - Safeguarding the Future', Nine to Noon, RNZ, 7 April 2017.

Jonathan Boston, 'Jonathan Boston: Safeguarding long-term interests in a short-term world', Stuff, 4 April 2017.

Chris Eichbaum, 'Credibility vital for Labour-Greens fiscal council', Newsroom, 28 March 2017.

Alex Tarrant, 'Warnings on New Zealand's environmental performance this week mean the intergenerational debate just got real in an election year, Alex Tarrant says',, 26 March 2017.

Alex Tarrant, 'Vic Uni Professor Jonathan Boston rallies against intergenerational equity bias that favours short-term political thinking',, 24 March 2017.

'Governing for the Future', Jonathan Boston with Jessie Mulligan, RNZ, 23 March 2017.

'Interview: Jonathan Boston', The Nation, Newshub, 18 March 2017.

'Can Humans Stop Being Selfish Long Enough to Prevent the Apocalypse?', Tess McClure, VICE, 15 March 2017.

'Boomers vs millennials - a recipe to fix intergenerational warfare', Rob Stock, Stuff, 15 March 2017

'Safeguarding the Future', Beattie's Book Blog, 10 March 2017.

'New book on governing in an uncertain world', Scoop, 8 March 2017.


'It is not often in reviewing books that I feel the need to read a book twice, but this book was the exception, not because I found it difficult to understand, but the very opposite, I found the book exciting to read...the fact that it is not a text book is one of its strengths, it reads like an interesting discussion between friends who are seeking if not answers, at least better insights into complex issues.' - Brian Hay, 'Safeguarding the Future: Governing in an Uncertain World', Journal of Tourism Futures (2018).