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25th anniversary of Michael Pusey’s Economic Rationalism in Canberra

2016 marked the 25th anniversary of Michael Pusey’s seminal text of economic sociology, Economic Rationalism in Canberra. As a detailed analysis of top bureaucrats in Canberra who had adopted free market ideas and the transformation of public policymaking, Pusey’s book helped instigate a national conversation and publicised the concept of ‘economic rationalism’. It was ranked […]

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Work History and the Collapse of the West Gate Bridge

This week my colleague Sarah Gregson (UNSW) and I are on the GLAMcity podcast talking about the history of work, labour under the Accord, and the memorialisation of those killed in the West Gate Bridge collapse & the Titanic disaster. You can listen to the interview here. GLAMcity is a new radio show and podcast launched […]

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Living The Dream under The Accord (podcast)

Last week I was interviewed on the wonderful ‘Living the Dream’ podcast. We discussed the Accord, neoliberalism and the ALP Hawke-Keating government. Our focus was on recent articles by Van Badham and Wayne Swan in The Guardian, and how the ALP and unions are attempting to understand and frame the experience of the Hawke-Keating government today. I discuss […]

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Is the term neoliberalism useful?

  Originally published at PPE. There is an emerging body of literature questioning the usefulness of the term ‘neoliberalism’. This work has highlighted the tendency for new analysis to simply add another yet more precise definition of neoliberalism in an effort — as Rajesh Venugopalsays — ‘to refine, complicate and extend old concepts, or to […]

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Response to Megalogenis in Quarterly Essay

I recently had a short piece, co-authored by  Tad Tietze, printed in response to George Megalogenis’ essay ‘Balancing Act: Australia Between Recession and Renewal’. The Megalogenis essay is available in Quarterly Essay Issue 61, and our response in Issue 62. Here is a short excerpt of the response: We believe that no matter how brilliant and balanced a reform program […]