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Economic Rationalism in Canberra : A Nation-Building State Changes its Mind - Michael Pusey

Economic Rationalism in Canberra

A Nation-Building State Changes its Mind

Paperback Published: 4th November 1991
ISBN: 9780521336611
Number Of Pages: 324

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Throughout the world since the 1970s, state and public sector reform has been driven by a conservative agenda emphasising notions of 'streamlining' and 'rationalisation'; Australia has been no exception. Michael Pusey undertakes a detailed analysis of top bureaucrats in Canberra who have been responsible for this recasting of national policy. He concludes that economist rationalist views now dominate each of the key ministries, and have altered the traditional balance between the economy, the state and society. The book also discusses the social significance of economic rationalisation and public sector reform from a theoretical perspective, contributing to contemporary understanding of modernisation, public morality and citizenship in the new global order.

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'In 1994 Pusey decided to embark on an ambitious project to discover what Middle Australia really thought. Get out there into the suburbs, dig and listen, he told himself.' Asia Intelligence

Introduction: Canberra in the balance
Canberra: A State Apparatus Changes Its Mind
Images of contemporary Australia
Profiles of Canberra's political administrators
The inner triangle
The instrumentation of state power
State and Society: Reflections, Refractions, Reductions
'Rationalisation' and modernity: what has happened to the state's deliberative capacity?
Integrity under stress: the Lucky Country enters the world economy
Notes and references
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ISBN: 9780521336611
ISBN-10: 0521336619
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 4th November 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.41