Economic Rationalism in Canberra: A Nation-Building State by Michael Pusey

By Michael Pusey

In the course of the global because the Nineteen Seventies, country and public quarter reform has been pushed through a conservative time table emphasising notions of 'streamlining' and 'rationalisation'; Australia has been no exception. Michael Pusey undertakes a close research of best bureaucrats in Canberra who've been answerable for this recasting of nationwide coverage. He concludes that economist rationalist view dominate all the key ministries, and feature altered the conventional stability among the financial system, the nation and society. The e-book additionally discusses the social importance of financial rationalisation and public area reform from a theoretical viewpoint, contributing to modern knowing of modernisation, public morality and citizenship within the new worldwide order.

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Yet all these Labor governments in 1990 were typically and to a varying extent business-oriented and strongly economistic in their policy orientations - to a degree that has sometimes occasioned publicly damaging corruption allegations and such telling epithets as 'Western Australia Incorporated'. And, third, the evidence gathered in another study of approximately one hundred business regulatory agencies showed that Australian business regulatory agencies, do not at all fit the image of a sternly interventionist or of an 'anti-private enterprise' federal government.

The same is true of the mentions that were coded as 'lack of consensus' because this was defined, again mainly in economic terms, as uncertainty and conflict over the goals, directions and structural problems of the national economy. They were pointing here largely to what they see as the broader context of industrial relations problems. The dominant image in their minds was of the economic costs of noisy bickering between government, employers and unions over national economic goals and the restructuring of the economy.

Indeed, for the most part such social constructs were eschewed and social considerations were raised in a different form - not as coherently framed constructs but rather as 'issues' such as unemployment, inequality, poverty, the family, women, Aborigines, and migrants, in something like that order. It is clear that our respondents sometimes thought and worried about issues, but hardly ever about 'society' as such. IMAGES OF POLITICS AND THE POLITY These were, for the most part, similarly manifest only as transposed residues and reflections of economic factors of production and exchange.

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