Economic Rationalism in Canberra: A Nation-Building State Changes Its Mind
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 view 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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Canberra in the balance
The politics of meaning and the meaning of politics
Method and purpose
Images of contemporary Australia
Problems and obstacles
Windows and images
Intellectuals and vertical structural integration
Rationalisation and lateral structural integration
the formal restructuring of Bastille Day 1987
Rationalisation and modernity what has happened to the states deliberative capacity?
the earlier normative context of reform
What has happened to the states deliberative capacities?
The demoralisation of the career service
Profiles of Canberras political administrators
Enter the economic rationalists
Government and administration under Hawke
The inner triangle
The central agencies
The marketoriented departments
The program and service departments
The instrumentation of state power
The state changing its mind or reforming the top of the Public Service
The depoliticisation of the politicisation of an apolitical career service
Crisis of the state or crisis of modernity?
Integrity under stress the Lucky Country enters the world economy
Relative autonomy of the state?
Responding to vulnerability up the creek or down the Murray?
Vulnerability culture and identity
evaluations and choices
Methods and procedures
Major economic trends 197588
Major events 197590
Notes and References
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