Maurice McTigue

Maurice McTigue joined the George Mason University Mercatus Center in 1997 as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar after an illustrious career as a New Zealand member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister and Ambassador. Prior to his arrival in the United States, McTigue led an ambitious and extremely successful effort to restructure New Zealand’s public sector and to revitalize its stagnant economy from 1984 to 1994. McTigue has served in a number of capacities, including Spokesman for Works, Irrigation, Transport and Fisheries; Minister of Employment; Associate Minister of Finance; Minister of State Owned Enterprises; Minister of Railways; Minister of Works and Development; Chair of the Cabinet’s Expenditure Control Committee; Minister of Labour; and Minister of Immigration. In April 1994, he moved to Canada as New Zealand’s Ambassador; concurrently, he served as non-residential High Commissioner to Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana. In a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in 1999, Queen Elizabeth II bestowed upon McTigue the prestigious Queen’s Service Order in recognition of his public service. This is one of the highest honors attainable for civil service in New Zealand. As director of the Government Accountability Project at Mercatus, McTigue is sharing the lessons of his practical experience with policymakers in the United States. He works with officials in the administration, members of Congress, and executives in scores of federal agencies on applying the principles of transparency and accountability in the public sector. He frequently speaks at conferences on performance issues and testifies before congressional committees on issues of government reform. He is also a frequent contributor to national magazines and trade publications.