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Neoliberalism, inequality and politics: The changing face of Australia

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Western, M and Gellecum, Y and Baxter, J and Pakulski, J and Tranter, BK and Western, J and Egmond, M and Chesters, J and Hosking, A and O'Flaherty, M (2007) Neoliberalism, inequality and politics: The changing face of Australia. The Australian Journal of Social Issues, 42 (3). pp. 401-418. ISSN 0157-6321

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Abstract

Since the early 1980s Australian public policy has undergone the most major
transformation since Federation. This transformation has been underwritten
by two key principles: liberalism - the view that citizens are autonomous
individual actors whose interests are best served when they are free from
coercive government interventions into individual action; and marketisation
- the belief that free markets are arenas which best enable individual
autonomy and produce efficient economic outcomes. These principles
define 'neoliberalism' or 'hard liberalism'. After summarising the major policy
changes identified with neoliberalism in Australia, the paper introduces a
new research project that examines its impact on socioeconomic inequality,
gender inequality and politics and culture. Inspection of relevant data
indicates that there are important trends in inequality, public opinion and
political behaviour that warrant this investigation.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Neoliberalism, Inequality, Politics
Journal or Publication Title: The Australian Journal of Social Issues
Publisher: Australian Council of Social Service
Page Range: pp. 401-418
ISSN: 0157-6321
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:39
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:35
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