Governments, Markets and Globalisation: Public Policy in Context

Governments, Markets and Globalisation: Public Policy in Context

Governments, Markets and Globalisation: Public Policy in Context

Governments, Markets and Globalisation: Public Policy in Context

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Australian society is undergoing fundamental change. Decisions taken by government have thrust a protected and isolated economy into international competitiveness. This transformation has had, and continues to have, profound effects in reshaping the relationship of government to society and the nature of social relationships. This book is intended to provide an overview and interpretive framework for the study of public policy. It brings together a comprehensive analysis of both primary and secondary sources to identify and explain the major processes, institutions, ideas and participants in the development of policy. These sources include extensive use of government reports, newspaper commentary, opinion poll data, and statistical analysis. A synthesis of major recent works on policy is offered, including those relating to the operation of the modern, global capitalist system.

The connecting theme of the book is the debate about the role which government, free markets and globalisation play in the decisions taken by government. While the timeframe is mainly concerned with the period since the early 1980s, there is one largely historical chapter which explores the post—World War II model of government intervention. This chapter serves as an important counterpoint to the development of the policy framework more recently developed around the New Right and globalisation. While theories of policy underpin the analysis, it is not theory-laden. Rather, policy is placed within the context of the ideological battle between government and the free market intersecting with the forces of public opinion, interest group rivalry and the influence of the capitalist media. While stressing the . . .

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