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Vol. 27 No. 1 (Autumn, 2011)

Vol. 27 No. 1 (Autumn, 2011)
FREE FEATURES
INTERVIEW: The Politics of Australia’s National Security
Neil James

Neil James tells Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe that with no votes in defence, we under-invest and get caught out in crises.

BOOK REVIEW: Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia
Alice Bailey

Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia By Joseph M Reagle, Jr (MIT Press, 2010.)

FEATURE: How Useful is the Productivity Commission?
Judith Sloan

The Productivity Commission doesn’t always get it right, but it has made major contributions to policymaking in Australia.

BOOK REVIEW: The Art of Great Speeches and Why We Remember Them
Adam Creighton

The Art of Great Speeches and Why We Remember Them By Dennis Glover (Cambridge University Press, 2011.)

BOOK REVIEW: Libertarianism Today
Alex Willemyns

Libertarianism Today By Jacob Huebert (Praeger Press, 2010.)

BOOK REVIEW: Locating the Industrial Revolution: Inducement and Response
Gary Magee

Locating the Industrial Revolution: Inducement and Response By Eric L. Jones (World Scientific Publishing, 2010.)

BOOK REVIEW: Government Size and Implications for Economic Growth
Robert Carling

Government Size and Implications for Economic Growth By Andreas Bergh and Magnus Henrekson (Australian Enterprise Institute, 2010.)

BOOK REVIEW: The Warcraft Civilization: Social Science in a Virtual World
Callum Jones

The Warcraft Civilization: Social Science in a Virtual World By William Sims Bainbridge.

REVIEW ESSAY: Tilting at Zombies

Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk among Us By John Quiggin (Princeton University Press, 2010.)

BOOK REVIEW: People Power: The History and Future of the Referendum in Australia
Geoffrey de Q. Walker

People Power: The History and Future of the Referendum in Australia By George Williams and David Hume (UNSW Press, 2010.)

FEATURE: Dissecting the Platypus Model
Julie Novak

Australia may have a ‘platypus model’ of relatively low taxes and inequality, but its government remains too big.

FEATURE: Project Wickenby: White Hats at Work, or a Witch Hunt?
John Hyde Page

The Australian Taxation Office’s aggressive use of its discretionary powers risks injustice for taxpayers.

FEATURE: Taming the Dogs of War: Why Parliament Should Authorise Major Deployments

Parliament and the courts could spare Australia from ill-advised military action.

FEATURE: Growing Pains

The Australian government has limited control over population size. The policy challenge is dealing with a larger population, not stopping its growth.

FEATURE: The Use of Happiness in Society
Jason Potts

Happiness is not just a feeling, it is a signal to others about what might make them happier.

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