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Into the future : the neglect of the long term in Australian politics. /

by Marsh, Ian | Yencken, David.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Collaboration in conjunction with Black Inc. 2004Description: 89 p.Notes: Bibliography: p. 85-87 Australian Collaboration is a collaboration of seven national community organisations.Summary: The authors examine Australia s current capacity to analyse long-term trends and to develop informed public opinion about them. They note increasing cynicism about politics and politicians, related to the major parties failure to work together for the nation s long-term benefit. Finally they propose a range of solutions, which include extending the role of the Parliament and its Committee systems.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Economic voting and electoral behaviour : how do individual, local and national factors affect the partisan choice? /

by Leigh, Andrew.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Centre for Economic Policy Research, Australian National University 2005Description: PDF.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 6/10/2008 10:21:59 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Beyond right and left : new politics and the culture wars. /

by McKnight, David.

Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. Allen & Unwin 2005Description: 298 p.Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 263-282) and index.Summary: The author argues that the terms Right and Left (which originated in the seating of different groups in the French National Assembly in 1789) are no longer helpful in distinguishing groups and views in contemporary politics. Shifts in cultural, social and political ideas offer new ways of seeing the world, instead of placing everything along a spectrum from Left to Right. David McKnight proposes not an elaborate philosophy to explain the past and unlock the future but a new vision based on human values of freedom, compassion and the common good, a vision which he calls the new humanism .Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

An end to poverty? : a historical debate. /

by Jones, Gareth Stedman.

Publisher: London, U.K. Profile Books 2004Description: ix, 278 p.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The risk society : social democracy in an uncertain world. /

by Quiggin, John.

Publisher: 2007Description: PDF.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 6/10/2008 10:42:51 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Australian Fabian Society /

by Australian Fabian Society.

Publisher: 10/25/2004 16:50:07 10/25/2004Notes: Description based on contents viewed : Mode of access : WORLD WIDE WEB ONLINE RESOURCEAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Religion, class coalitions, and welfare states /

by Kersbergen, Kees van (Ed.) | Manow, Philip (Ed.).

Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. Cambridge University Press 2009Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Capitalism /

by Ingham, Geoffrey.

Publisher: Cambridge ; Malden, MA Polity 2008Description: 284 p. ; 22 cm.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. Contents: Classical theories of capitalism. Smith, Marx and Weber ; Schumpeter and Keynes ; The basic elements of capitalism -- The institutions. Money ; Market exchange ; The enterprise ; Capital and financial markets ; The state ; Conclusions.Summary: This book provides a basic introduction to the 'nuts and bolts' of capitalism for the beginner. It starts by examining the classic accounts of capitalism found in the works of Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Max Weber, Joseph Schumpeter and John Maynard Keynes. Each placed emphasis on different institutional elements of capitalism - Smith on the market's 'invisible hand'; Marx on capital's exploitation of labour; Weber on the foundations of economic rationality; and Schumpeter and Keynes on the instability that results from capitalism's essentially monetary and financial character.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

A Tale of Two Blogospheres : Discursive Practices on the Left and Right /

by Benkler, Yochai | Harvard University. Berkman Center for Internet and Society | Shaw, Aaron.

Publisher: Boston, MA Harvard University. Berkman Center for Internet and Society 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 39-41Summary: Discussions of the political effects of the Internet and networked discourse tend to presume consistent patterns of technological adoption and use within a given society. Consistent with this assumption, previous empirical studies of the United States political blogosphere have found evidence that the left and right are relatively symmetric in terms of various forms of linking behavior despite their ideological polarizationAvailability: (1)

Understanding theories and concepts in social policy /

by Lister, Ruth.

Publisher: Bristol, U.K. Policy Press 2010Description: xii, 311 p. : ill.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and indexSummary: A central theme of this lively and accessible text is that theory helps us to understand policy, politics and practice. The book combines an in-depth exploration of selected theoretical perspectives and concepts with the student-friendly format of the Understanding Welfare series. The author uses diverse examples from contemporary social policy to help theoretical arguments come alive.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Cutting it : the 'Big Society' and the new austerity /

by Coote, Anna | New Economics Foundation.

Publisher: London, U.K. New Economics Foundation 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: November 2010 Bibliography : p. 26-28Summary: Far from being a temporary buzz-phrase, as some suspected, the 'Big Society' seems to have taken off and taken hold in a big way. Across British national and local government, across considerable chunks of the business world and great swathes of the third sector, it is a hot topic of discussion and the driver of a massive re-branding exercise, as the phrase is swiftly bolted to countless projects, events and documents. What does it mean? What difference could it make to our lives? What are the opportunities and threats? This report takes account of emerging plans for government action as well as the public spending review. It also reflects what we have learned from a wide range of charities, community groups and government officials at meetings they convened to discuss what the 'Big Society' could mean to them.Availability: (1)

Applying social science : the role of social research in politics, policy and practice /

by Byrne, David.

Publisher: Bristol, U.K. Policy Press 2011Description: iv, 234 p.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.Summary: In complex contemporary societies social science has become increasingly interwoven into the whole fabric of governance. At the same time there is an increasing recognition that attempts to understand the social world which seek to mimic the linear approaches of the conventional 'hard sciences' are mostly useless given the complex systems character of society in all its aspects. This book draws on a synthesis of critical realism and complexity theory to examine how social science is applied now and how it might be applied in the future in relation to social transformation in a time of crisis. A central argument is that there is no such thing as a 'pure' science of the social and that a recognition of the inevitability of application imposes obligations on social scientists wherever they work which challenge the passivity of most in the face of inequality and injustice.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

What's the story? : nation-building narratives in Australian climate politics : Climate change : the challenge for Australian social democracy /

by Hetherington, David | Policy Network | Soutphommasane, Tim.

Publisher: London, U.K. Policy Network 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: April 2010Summary: Climate change politics in Australia has become the focus of much attention in the midst of incendiary rhetoric, increasing public disillusionment and a fear that debate is slipping into the partisan and unforgiving arena of the national "culture wars". Social democrats can learn from the Australian experience, which underlines the need to move away from cosmopolitan ethics and towards muscular nation-building, build broad coalitions of support and acknowledge that reform will be costly but must still be based on core principals of social justice. (Policy Network summary)Availability: (1)

Priorities for a new political economy : memos to the left /

by Policy Network.

Publisher: London, U.K. Policy Network 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: "Progressive Governance Oslo, 2011."Summary: This substantial new Policy Network publication combines instructive data analysis of new opinion polling from the UK, US, Sweden and Germany, with a series of essays and memos written by leading scholars from around the world. The essays and data analysis set the scene, delivering perceptive and lucid rallying points for centre-left politics, while the memos incisively spell out priorities for a new political economyAvailability: (1)

Surplus fetish : the political economy of the surplus, deficit and debt /

by Richardson, David | The Australia Institute.

Publisher: Manuka, A.C.T. The Australian Institute 2011Description: PDF.Other title: The Australian Institude policy brief ; no. 26.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2011Summary: The federal budget presents a complex management puzzle that all governments have to address and explain to the electorate. Sometimes concepts are borrowed from the corporate sector and sometimes analogies are made with the household sector; the Howard Government, in particular, imported numerous corporate accounting concepts. But often these concepts are applied uncritically and inappropriately. By way of discussing the budget balance 'surpluses, deficits and the debt outcome' this paper addresses some of those inappropriate usages and their consequences.Availability: (1)

Re-thinking Australian politics : engaging the disenchanted /

by Gallop, Geoff | University of South Australia. The Bob Hawke Prime inisterial Centre.

Publisher: University of South Australia. The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre 2010Description: 35 p. : ill.Other title: Annual Hawke lecture (13th : 2010 : Adelaide, South Australia).Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 16-17Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Confronting equality : gender, knowledge and global change /

by Connell, Raewyn.

Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. Polity Press 2011Description: 190 p. ; 21 cm.Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [170]-186) and index.Summary: What does social equality mean now, in a world of markets, global power and new forms of knowledge? In this book Raewyn Connell combines vivid research with theoretical insight and radical politics to address this question. The focus moves across gender equality struggles, family change, class and education, intellectual workers, and the global dimension of social science, to contemporary theorists of knowledge and global power, and the political dilemmas of today's left. Written with clarity and passion, this book proposes a bold agenda for social science, and shows it in action.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

After the Third Way : the future of social democracy in Europe /

by Cramme, Olaf (ed.) | Diamond, Patrick (ed.).

Publisher: London, U.K. I.B. Tauris 2012Description: xv, 288 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. Contents: The Guiding Purpose of Centre-Left Politics -- 1.From Fatalism to Fraternity: Governing Purpose and the Good Society / Patrick Diamond -- 2.Social Democracy in a Global Era / Luke Martell -- Policy Predicaments -- 3.Debt and Deficits: The Quest for Economic Competence / Andrew Gamble -- 4.The Mechanics of Markets: Politics, Economics and Finance / John Kay -- 5.Social Democracy at the End of the Welfare State? / Peter Taylor-Gooby -- 6.Equality, Social Trust and the Politics of Institutional Design / Bo Rothstein -- 7.Progress and Social Policy: Two-and-a-Half Cheers for Education / Lane Kenworthy -- 8.Social Cohesion, Culture Politics and the Impact of Migration / Mark Elchardus -- 9.Identity, Community and the Politics of Recognition / Michael Kenny -- Governance and Politics -- 10.The Power of European Integration: Choice and Purpose for Centre-Left Politics / Olaf Cramme -- 11.Back to the Future: Towards a Red-Green Politics / John McTernan -- 12.Globalisation Challenges to Centre-Left Internationalism / John Lloyd -- 13.The Squeezed Middle and the New Inequality / Liam Byrne -- 14.Citizen Engagement and the Quest for Solidarity / Henry Tam -- 15.Co-operation, Creativity and Equality: Key Concepts for a New Social Democratic Era / Robert Misik -- 16.Afterword: The New Social Democracy? / Patrick DiamondSummary: The social democratic parties were once the strongest political forces in Europe. Today, however, they appear disoriented and rudderless, crucially lacking the ideological, intellectual, and organizational vitality which underpinned their strength in the post-war political landscape. Electorally marginalized, seemingly ideologically exhausted, and often out-of-step with the contemporary zeitgeist, European social democracy is currently in profound need of revision and renewal - potentially its very existence as a political force is under threat. This book marks a serious attempt to forge the intellectual backbone of a renewed social democracy fit for the 21st century. Bringing together leading academics, political thinkers, and policy experts, After the Third Way offers a new and original perspective on ideological and policy innovation, and will be invaluable reading for anyone interested in the future of social democracy.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The Amsterdam Process : a centre-left project for new times : confronting the challenges of electability and governance /

by Cramme, Olaf | Policy Network | Diamond, Patrick | Liddle, Roger | McTernan, Michael.

Publisher: London, U.K. Policy Network 2012Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: April 2012Summary: The Amsterdam Process is a process of reflection and strategic thinking which aims to outline a new direction for centre-left thinking in Europe. Established by an 'avant-garde' group of European individuals and organisations, it derives its name from the famous Bethani n monastery in Amsterdam's red light district, where in 2010 a thorough post-Third Way brainstorm began: repentance and brave forward thinking in one move.Availability: (1)

Australia can work : an alternative to recession. /

by Flew, Terry (ed.).

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. New Left Party with the assistance of the Left Book Club 1991Description: 52 p.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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