Australia Reshaped is the capstone volume in the Reshaping Australian Institutions series. As the summation of all that has gone before, this book is structurally and qualitatively different from the others. Eight leading social scientists have been invited to write a major essay on a key element of Australian institutional life. Each chapter has the length and depth of a major contribution, acting as an overview of the field for both local readers and an international scholarly audience.
• All contributors are major names in their respective fields
Introduction Geoffrey Brennan and Francis G. Castles; 1. Australian institutions and Australia's welfare Francis G. Castles; 2. The institutions of microeconomic regulation and reform Geoffrey Brennan and Jonathon Pincus; 3. Globalization and Australian institutions John Braithwaite; 4. Including Australia: a democratic history John Dryzek; 5. Waltzing Matilda: gender and Australian political institutions Marian Sawer; 6. The language of leadership: Prime Ministers as political institutions John Uhr; 7. The grammar of colonial legality: subjects, objects and the rule of law Martin Krygier.
'The collection if particularly useful for those already well acquainted with Australian history and its individual institutions since it offers a variety of alternative perspectives for understanding their developments and impacts. It is also useful for those with interests in the specific chapter topics since the authors engage in lively fashion with the themes of institutions and the empirics of Australian social life.' Journal of Public Administration
'… more than just a collection of papers tracing the historical roots of Australia's political and institutional developments; it is a critical diagnosis of events and acts that provide a reflexive, often personal, interpretation from both a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspective. This volume is highly recommended for clarity of analysis, wealth of references and international comparisons.' Public Choice