The Institute of Policy Studies was established in 1983 as part of Victoria University of Wellington. When the School of Government was formed in 2002, the IPS became its ‘window’ for applied research, discussion and publication. IPS fosters discussion, research and publication of current issues of domestic and foreign policy. The Institute links academic research and public policy by providing opportunities for independent and detached study, and for neutral and informed discussion of important and relevant issues. The Institute's goal is to engage the broadest possible range of informed opinion, particularly in drawing people together from the universities, the public service, the business community and the wider public community.
The IPS publishes policy-relevant work, generally resulting from projects conducted within the Institute. A searchable list of publications with information about each book is available on the website and orders can be made online. The IPS also publishes the Policy Quarterly, a journal reflecting research and thinking within the School of Government.