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The Politics of Australian Society

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The second edition of this groundbreaking Australian politics text is designed for issues based introductory and upper level courses. Reviewers of the first edition commented on "the distinctive, issues-based and forward-looking approach" of the book and its "useful coverage of diverse perspectives on influential political ideologies and the changing political culture in Australia". The second edition builds on these strengths and brings new authors and new chapter content to significantly improve and update the text. Politics of Australian Society 2e offers students a lively and accessible examination of the Australian political landscape and is a valuable contribution to the discipline.
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Part 1 Political Ideas Introduction - Geoffrey Stokes * Liberalism and the Liberal Party of Australia - Andrew Norton * The Australian Labor Party and the Third Way - Tim Battin * Australian feminism: the end of 'the universal woman'? - Chilla Bulbeck * Self-determination in Aboriginal political thought - Geoffrey Stokes & Karen Gillen * From the 'social laboratory' to the 'Australian Settlement' - Greg Melleuish * Australian nationalism and internationalism - Roderic Pitty & Michael Leach Part 2 Institutions of Democracy Introduction - Richard Hall * Parliament and the Executive - Liz Young * Political integration and the outlook for the Australian party system: party adaptation or regime change? - Ian Marsh * Administrative agencies and accountability - Geoffrey Airo-Farulla * The institutional mediation of human rights in Australia - David Kinley & Penny Martin * The news media and Australian politics - Rodney Tiffen * The role of the state: welfare state or competition state? - Stephen Bell Part 3 Political Issues and Public Policies Introduction - Paul Boreham * National policy in a global era - Mark Beeson * The economic policy debate - John Quiggin * The decentralisation of industrial relations - Bill Harley * The labour market and the future of employment - Paul Boreham * The welfare reform agenda - Peter Saunders * The social consequences of the rural reform agenda - Geoff Lawrence and Lynda Cheshire * Politics and the environmental policy debate - Nick Economou * Immigration policy and the attack on multiculturalism - James Jupp

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