Colin James is a political journalist of more than 40 years experience and political columnist of the year in 2003. He has correctly forecast which party would be or would lead the government after 15 of the past 16 elections. He writes a weekly column in the Otago Daily Times. He is New Zealand correspondent for Oxford Analytica. He is a senior associate of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington (www.ips.ac.nz). He makes presentations on the strategic political, policy and political-economy environment to companies, industry associations, government departments and other groups and from 1990 to 2013 was managing director of The Hugo Group (www.TheHugoGroup.com), a forecasting panel with a membership of more than 100 medium to large corporates. He has written six books plus several editions of an election guide for journalists and many chapters in books and has edited or written six books or monographs for the Institute of Policy Studies. He has contributed many papers to seminars, conferences and symposiums in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and has held several university fellowships, including JD Stout Research Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington in 1991 and inaugural New Zealand Fellow at the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies at Melbourne University in 1993. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Victoria University in 2008. He is immediate past chair of Motu Economic and Public Policy Research (www.motu.org.nz). He is a fellow of the Institute of Public Administration and a life member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery and E Tu (Stand Tall) Union.
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