Australian Liberals and the Moral Middle Class
From Alfred Deakin to John Howard
By (author) Judith Brett
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Australian Liberals and the Moral Middle Class by Judith Brett
Book DescriptionThe Liberal Party of Australia was late to form in 1945, but the traditions and ideals upon which it is founded have been central to Australian politics since Federation. This 2003 book, by award-winning author and leading Australian political scientist Judith Brett, provides the very first complete history of the Australian liberal tradition, and then of the Liberal Party from the second half of the twentieth century. The book sparkles with insight, particularly in its sustained analysis of the shifting relationships between the experiences of the moral middle class and Australian liberals' own self understandings. It begins with Alfred Deakin facing the organised working class in parliament and ends with John Howard, electorally triumphant but alienated from key sections of middle class opinion. This book is destined to become the definitive account of Australian liberalism, and of the Liberal Party of Australia.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521536349
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 5-Aug-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Judith Brett
Quarterly Essay 42 Fair Share, Paperback (January 2015)
Once the country believed itself to be the true face of Australia: sunburnt men and capable women raising crops and children, enduring isolation and a fickle environment, carrying the nation on their sturdy backs. For almost 200 years after white settlement began, city Australia needed the country: to feed it, to earn its export income, to fill ...
Fair Share, Paperback (June 2011)
The Australian Settlement, as formulated by Paul Kelly, had a sixth pillar: a settlement between the city and the country in which the state compensated people living in the country for the costs of remoteness and sparse settlement. This was underpinned by the reliance of Australian export performance on agriculture.
Exit Right, Paperback (December 2007)» View all books by Judith Brett
In Exit Right , Judith Brett explains why the tide turned on John Howard. This is an essay about leadership, in particular Howard's style of strong leadership which led him to dominate his party with such ultimately catastrophic results.
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Author Biography - Judith Brett
Judith Brett is the author of the highly acclaimed Menzies' Forgotten People, winner of the Arthur Phillips award for Australian Studies, Douglas Stewart award for non-fiction and Ernest Scott prize. Formerly the editor of Meanjin and Arena magazines, she has been teaching politics at La Trobe University since 1989.
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