Contesting the Australian Way
States, Markets and Civil Society
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Contesting the Australian Way by Paul Smyth
Book DescriptionSince the 1980s public policy has been perceived as being in a crisis of uncertainty. Many argue that consolidating the market imperative in both economic and social policy is the way out of this crisis. In this 1999 book, a leading group of writers challenge this view, calling for reassertion of a 'mixed' rather than a 'market' economy and a reaffirmation of the egalitarianism that has characterised past Australian social policy. The book confronts key issues of our time, particularly rising inequality and unemployment. Attempting to look beyond familiar debates about economic rationalism, it discusses the role of industry policy, the impact of globalisation, and the usefulness of competition models in the public, welfare, and community sectors. Asking whether economic and social policy can be reintegrated in a shared vision, this groundbreaking book argues the case for reinventing government rather than marginalising it.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521633062
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 11-Jan-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Paul Smyth
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Talking Policy, Paperback (August 2005)
An introduction to the process of social policy making in Australia. This book emphasise the human and political nature of the development of social services and programs, illustrating their arguments with case studies.
Community and Local Governance in Australia, Paperback (April 2005)» View all books by Paul Smyth
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