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Australian public policyProgressive ideas in the neo-liberal ascendency$
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Chris Miller and Lionel Orchard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447312673

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447312673.001.0001

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Towards a new progressive policy agenda

Towards a new progressive policy agenda

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(p.3) One Towards a new progressive policy agenda
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Australian public policy
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Chris Miller

Lionel Orchard

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447312673.003.0001

This chapter introduces the book Australian Public Policy: Progressive Ideas in the Neoliberal Ascendancy. The chapter examines questions of the status of neoliberalism and social democracy in Australian politics and public policy, recent changes to the Australian policy settlement, and related issues of pragmatism, inertia and process in Australian politics and policy development. Trends and problems in major policy areas – education, economics, cultural and indigenous, social welfare, population, cities, housing and the environment – are examined highlighting the limits of mainstream approaches and the need for more creative and inclusive public and civic responses. Questions of the fragility of the Australian identity and the need for greater cohesion around core social and public values are addressed as issues at the centre of debate about a new progressive policy agenda. While the resilience of Australian society is noted, questions linger about how robust Australian institutions and conventions are in the face of new economic, social and environmental challenges.

Keywords:   Australian policy settlement, pragmatism, neoliberalism, social democracy, inclusion, cohesion, identity, public value

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