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Contesting the Australian Way


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Introduction Paul Smyth; Part I. Overviews: States, Markets and Private Life: 1. States, markets and the global dimension: an overview of certain issues in political economy Hugh Emy; 2. The social policy context Bettina Cass; Part II. Historical Perspectives: Australian Settlements?: 3. The Australian 'settlement' and Australian political thought Graham Maddox; 4. The Australian way Jill Roe; 5. Remaking the Australian way: the Keynsian compromise Paul Smyth; 6. Unmaking the Australian Keynsian way Tim Battin; Part III. Public Institutions, Civil Society and Social Movements: 7. Public sector reform and the Australian way Lionel Orchard; 8. Government and civil society: restructuring community services Deborah Brennan; 9. Social movements, democracy and conflicts over institutional reform Jocelyn Pixley; Part IV. Transformations of Economy and State: 10. Economic restructuring in Australia: policy settlements, models of economic development and the new neoliberalism Stephen Bell; 11. Economic rationalism: social philosophy masquerading as economic science, J. W. Nevile; 12. Industry policy: conflict and consensus Roy Green; Part V. The New (In)Compatibilites: The Welfare State and Competitive Markets: 13. Is Australia particularly unequal? Inequality in Australia: the traditional and the new view Peter Whiteford; 14. A competitive future: the Industry Commission and the welfare sector John Ernst; 15. 'Working Nation' as market bureaucracy: the introduction of competition policy in case management Michael Wearing and Paul Smyth.

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This 1999 collection challenges the prevalent market-driven approach to public policy.


"...this is a well-edited book, and its stated goal, to 'rethink the idea of a mixed economy.' (13), is of interest to a range of audiences. The editors deserve credit for maintaining thematic coherence across the book's fived sections and for keeping chapters to a manageable length for such a wide-ranging volume." Canadian Journal of Political Science

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