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Neoliberalism and the Crisis of Public Institutions

 

HUMAN RIGHTS AND PUBLIC LIFE WORKING PAPERS VOL 4

Edited by Professor Anna Yeatman

Few words are so frequently invoked and so little understood as ‘Neoliberalism’.  Yet the popularity of the word does reflect a broad recognition that Neoliberalism is in some way an important influence on contemporary society.

The danger, in the absence of deeper analysis, is that Neoliberalism is too easily dismissed as being devoid of practical meaning or just another variation of old-fashioned capitalism or as the latest obsession of ‘the left’.

In reality, it is well-nigh impossible to understand contemporary Australia without an appreciation of the origins of neoliberalism, its emergence as the dominant political philosophy of the last thirty years and its institutional impact. These are matters of public interest that go well beyond any one political tradition.  

 

1. Neoliberalism and the Crisis of Public Law: Samuel Tschorne 9

2. Freedom and the Question of Institutional Design: Anna Yeatman 18

3. Is Office a Vocation in ‘Post-Bureaucratic’ Public Management?: Paul du Gay 36

4. What is “Freedom” in the Marketplace of Ideas?: Edward Nik-Khah 56

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