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How to Argue with an Economist

How to Argue with an Economist
Reopening Political Debate in Australia

2nd Edition

$42.95 (G)

  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521699433

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  • This fascinating book reflects on how economics has become central to our lives, and how the 'economic rationalist' perspective has become the lens through which all matters in Australian public life are viewed. It explains how this economic worldview systematically overlooks important social issues and how it transforms Australian culture. How to Argue with an Economist invites a broad general audience into debates that were once reserved for experts. Lindy Edwards, a former economic adviser in the Prime Minister's Department, has a talent for expressing concepts simply. She distils economics' key ideas into a lively and enjoyable read, explaining how economists think and then how you can argue with them.

    • Accessible introduction to economic ideas and to how decision making occurs in Canberra
    • Provides a short overview of Australia's economic history and how it is intertwined with Australian culture
    • Explains how economic reform threatens to change Australian culture
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This excellent book deserves to be widely read … it sympathetically and seriously engages both economists and their critics … combines passionate argument with generosity and fairmindedness.' Paul Oslington, UNSW

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521699433
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 137 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.258kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. A Historical Juncture:
    1. A political impasse
    2. A nation-defining choice
    3. Economic rationalism's grip on power
    Part II. Getting a Handle on Economics:
    4. Is economics a science?
    5. Key ideas in economics
    Part III. Revealing Economic Rationalism's Worldview:
    6. 'Punters' versus 'economic rationalists'
    7. Contrasting views of human nature
    8. Contrasting views of how society works
    9. Contrasting views of the ideal society
    10. Economic policy and culture
    Part IV. Arguing with an Economic Rationalist:
    11. How to argue with an economic rationalist
    12. Reclaiming responsibility
    13. Arguing about economic efficiency
    14. Arguing about quality of life
    15. Arguing about justice
    Part V. The Future:
    16. The way forward
    17. Making sure 'she'll be right'.

  • Author

    Lindy Edwards, Australian National University, Canberra
    Lindy Edwards is a former economic adviser in the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, a Press Gallery Journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald and Senior Economic Advisor to the then Leader of the Australian Democrats Natasha Stott Despoja.

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