Only in Australia: The History, Politics, and Economics of Australian Exceptionalism

Hardcover | July 23, 2016

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This edited volume is about the Australian difference and how Australia's economic and social policy has diverged from the approach of other countries. Australia seems to be following a "special path" of its own that it laid down more than a century ago. Australia's distinctive bent ismanifested in a tightly regulated labour market; a heavy reliance on means testing and income taxation; a geographical centralization of political power combined with its dispersal amongst autonomous authorities, and electoral singularities such as compulsory and preferential voting. In seeking to explain this Australian Exceptionalism, the book covers a diverse range of issues: the strength and weakness of religion, democratic and undemocratic tendencies, the poverty of public debate, the role of elites, the exploitation of Australian sports stars, the politics of railways, thebackwardness of agriculture, deviation from the Westminster system, the original encounter between European and Aboriginal cultures, and the heavy taxation of tobacco.Bringing together contributions from economists, economic historians, and political scientists, the volume seeks to understand why Australia is different. It offers a range of explanations from the "historical legacy", to material factors, historical chance, and personalities.

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This edited volume is about the Australian difference and how Australia's economic and social policy has diverged from the approach of other countries. Australia seems to be following a "special path" of its own that it laid down more than a century ago. Australia's distinctive bent ismanifested in a tightly regulated labour market; a ...

William O. Coleman is a Reader in the School of Economics at The Australian National University. He has written extensively on monetary policy, political economy, and the contested position of economics in society.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.1 inPublished:July 23, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019875325X

ISBN - 13:9780198753254

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1. William O. Coleman: The Australian Exception2. Geoffrey Blainey: Australian Exceptionalism: A Personal View3. William O. Coleman: Theories of Australian Exceptionalism4. Greg Melleuish and Stephen A. Chavura: Utilitarianism contra Sectarianism: The Official and the Unauthorised Civic Religion of Australia5. Henry Ergas: Tocqueville, Hancock, and the Sense of History6. J.R. Nethercote: Australia's 'Talent for Bureaucracy' and the Atrophy of Federalism7. Phil Lewis: Australia's Industrial Relations Singularity8. William O. Coleman: Australia's Electoral Idiosyncrasies9. Jonthan Pincus: Socialism in Six Colonies: The Aftermath10. Adam Creighton: We must all be capitalists now: The Strange Story of Compulsory Superannnuation in Australia11. Richard Pomfret: Australia's Economic Mores through the Lens of the Professional Sports Industry: Individual Rights or State Paternalism?12. Peter Yule: The Industrialist, the Solicitor, and Mr Justice Higgins: Some Biographical Insights into the Harvester Case of 190713. Nick Cater: Barons versus Bureaucrats: the History of the Grain Trade in North America and Australia14. J.R. Nethercote: Australia's Distinctive Governance: Westminster, Ottawa, and Canberra Differentiated15. Keith Rankin: Australia and New Zealand: Parallel and Divergent Paths