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Only in Australia : The History, Politics, and Economics of Australian Exceptionalism - William Coleman

Only in Australia

The History, Politics, and Economics of Australian Exceptionalism

By: William Coleman (Editor)

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Published: 7th July 2016
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This edited volume is about the Australian difference and how Australia's economic and social policy has diverged from the approach of other countries. Australia seems to be following a 'special path' of its own that it laid down more than a century ago. Australia's distinctive bent is manifested in a tightly regulated labour market; a heavy reliance on means testing and income taxation; a geographical centralization of political power combined with its dispersal amongst autonomous authorities, and electoral singularities such as compulsory and preferential voting.

In seeking to explain this Australian Exceptionalism, the book covers a diverse range of issues: the strength and weakness of religion, democratic and undemocratic tendencies, the poverty of public debate, the role of elites, the exploitation of Australian sports stars, the politics of railways, the backwardness of agriculture, deviation from the Westminster system, the original encounter between European and Aboriginal cultures, and the heavy taxation of tobacco.

Bringing together contributions from economists, economic historians, and political scientists, the volume seeks to understand why Australia is different. It offers a range of explanations from the 'historical legacy', to material factors, historical chance, and personalities.

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      1: William O. Coleman: The Australian Exception 2: Geoffrey Blainey: Australian Exceptionalism: A Personal View 3: William O. Coleman: Theories of Australian Exceptionalism 4: Greg Melleuish and Stephen A. Chavura: Utilitarianism contra Sectarianism: The Official and the Unauthorised Civic Religion of Australia 5: Henry Ergas: Tocqueville, Hancock, and the Sense of History 6: J.R. Nethercote: Australia's 'Talent for Bureaucracy' and the Atrophy of Federalism 7: Phil Lewis: Australia's Industrial Relations Singularity 8: William O. Coleman: Australia's Electoral Idiosyncrasies 9: Jonthan Pincus: Socialism in Six Colonies: The Aftermath 10: Adam Creighton: We must all be capitalists now: The Strange Story of Compulsory Superannnuation in Australia 11: Richard Pomfret: Australia's Economic Mores through the Lens of the Professional Sports Industry: Individual Rights or State Paternalism? 12: Peter Yule: The Industrialist, the Solicitor, and Mr Justice Higgins: Some Biographical Insights into the Harvester Case of 1907 13: Nick Cater: Barons versus Bureaucrats: the History of the Grain Trade in North America and Australia 14: J.R. Nethercote: Australia's Distinctive Governance: Westminster, Ottawa, and Canberra Differentiated 15: Keith Rankin: Australia and New Zealand: Parallel and Divergent Paths

      ISBN: 9780198753254
      ISBN-10: 019875325X
      Audience: Professional
      Format: Hardcover
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 320
      Published: 7th July 2016
      Publisher: Oxford University Press
      Country of Publication: GB
      Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
      Weight (kg): 0.62