Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

National Policy, Global Giants
How Australia Built and Lost its Automotive Industry

CAD$56.95 (P)

  • Date Published: February 2020
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108486064

CAD$ 56.95 (P)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:

Looking for an examination copy?

This title is not currently available for examination. However, if you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • What can we tell about the future of automobiles and the industries that make them by examining their past? Wormald and Rennick trace the history of powered land transport, the rise and fall of the railways, the spectacular rise of the automobile, and what might come next. Delving into the mighty and complex automotive industry, following the growth of the markets and production, this book illustrates the globalization of vehicle manufacturers and component suppliers, giving form to the development of the industry's business model. A key factor in an auto-industry's successes and failures is the often-difficult relationship it has with government, which varies in nature from country to country. As an illustrative case, Wormald and Rennick  present and analyse the entire lifecycle of Australia's automotive history – including its birth, growth, functioning and death - and its shifting relationship with the government that supported it.

    • Presents a structured description of how the global automotive industry has developed and works
    • Describes the growth of motorized transport in Australia, and the growth of and changes in the market for automobiles in Australia
    • Reflects on the quality of the formulation and review of government sectoral support policies
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    'Australia is a large country that relies on motor vehicles, to keep us all connected, working and living across this vast landscape. Wormald and Rennick have captured this Australian automotive vehicle dependent context, with evidence-based research. It is posited within the politics of government policies and reviews, that sought to support, but eventually lead to its demise. Our industrial and manufacturing sectors are in transition. Wormald and Rennick’s detailed chronicle of the automotive industry provides lessons for other sectors to learn from as we build new organisational capabilities to support our value-adding exports and sustain our sovereign security.' Michael W. McLean, FAICD, FIMC-CMC, FAOQ, JM

    'A formidable command of the industry, its makeup and its history born of the authors’ having lived and breathed it for decades. I discovered things I didn’t know about the period I wrote a Ph.D. about.' Nicholas Gruen, CEO of Lateral Economics and architect of the Button Plan

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108486064
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The triumph of the automobile – and its incipient decline
    2. From revolution to revolution: a changing automotive industry
    3. The vehicle manufacturers: a controlling global semi-oligarchy
    4. A highly-disciplined global partnership: the components suppliers
    5. Tense relationships: the automotive industry and government
    6. Enthusiastic adopters: growth and change in the Australian car market
    7. The end of a life cycle: the rise and fall of the Australian light vehicle industry
    8. Distant children: Australian vehicle manufacturers and their foreign parents
    9. The Australian component suppliers: doomed by being so sub-scale
    10. From consistency to contradiction: Australian government automotive policy
    11. Government support policy and sectoral analysis: lessons learned.

  • Authors

    John Wormald, Autopolis Strategy Consultants
    John Wormald is Managing Partner and co-founder of Autopolis, which specializes in strategic assignments for actors in and around the global automotive industry, critically analysing the industry in order to understand its structures, relationships, influencing factors and dynamics. He is co-author of two major books about the automotive industry.

    Kim Rennick, Autopolis Strategy Consultants
    Kim Rennick is Autopolis's partner resident in Australia. He also provides consulting services to business owners in the fields of governance, directorship and leadership. He has co-authored submissions and papers for the Australian Productivity Commission, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and various State and Federal Government Inquiries.

Related Books

also by this author

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×
warning icon

Turn stock notifications on?

You must be signed in to your Cambridge account to turn product stock notifications on or off.

Sign in Create a Cambridge account arrow icon

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.