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Contesting the Australian Way: States, Markets and Civil Society

Contesting the Australian Way: States, Markets and Civil Society

by Paul Smyth, Bettina Cass


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Since the 1980s Australian public policy has been perceived as being in crisis. Many argue that consolidating the market imperative in economic and social policy is the solution. Here, a leading group of writers challenge this view, calling for reassertion of a "mixed" rather than a "market" economy, and for reaffirmation of the egalitarianism that has characterized past Australian social policy. Asking whether economic and social policy can be reintegrated in a shared vision, this groundbreaking book argues the case for reinventing government rather than marginalizing it.

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ISBN-13: 9780521633062
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/28/1999
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

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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