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Vol. 19 No. 1 (Autumn, 2003)
Continental Drift: Australia’s Search for a Regional Identity by Rawdon Dalyrmple (Ashgate, 2003).
Despite its high hopes and resolute rhetoric, the ‘war on terror’ is disturbingly similar to America’s ‘war on poverty’ and ‘war on drugs’ and seems destined for the same ignominious failure.
Globalisation and Its Discontents by Joseph Stiglitz (Allen Lane, 2002); Paradoxes of Prosperity: Why the New Capitalism Benefits All New York by Diane Coyle (Texere, 2001) and Up the Down Escalator: Why the Gobal Pessimists are Wrong by Charles Leadbeater (Viking, 2002).
Marian L. Tupy
Like welfare dependency in developed countries, aid dependency in developed countries has entrenched a ‘handout’ mentality and anti-Western resentment. What was once seen as charity is now seen as entitlement.
Kay S. Hymowitz
Western feminists should be protesting about the oppression of Middle Eastern women, but this would reveal how little they have to complain about at home.
Now in his third country of residence, university Vice Chancellor Steven Schwartz explains how Australian reforms in higher education are now being taken up in the UK, as well as how the Australian health system may be unique in the world in the way it has been able to balance public/private health arrangements.
Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals by John Gray (Grants, 2002).
The government’s committed to raising the country’s growth rate, but this will not happen while public spending and taxation remain high. The New Zealand’s government’s goal of returning the country to the top half of the OECD income ladder requires sustained per capita economic growth in excess of 4% p.a. This cannot be achieved while total government spending equals 40% of the economy.
Research shows that effective teaching is far more important than the number of children in the classroom, suggesting that governments should not commit billions of taxpayer dollars to class size reducation, as the recent ‘Vinson’ report into NSW public education recommended.
Welfare reform in America has worked, and nobody there is any longer even debating whether to reinstate the old system. So why are Australasian social affairs intellectuals so keen to disparage American successes and to embrace continental European failures?
Australia’s Welfare Wars: The Players, the Politics and the Ideologies by Philip Mendes (University of New South Wales Press, 2003).
Digital Divide: Civic Engagement, Information Poverty and the Internet Worldwide by Pippa Norris (Cambridge University Press, 2001).
The Ordinary Business of Life: A History of Economics from the Ancient World to the Twenty-First Century by Roger Backhouse (Princeton University Press, 2002).
Evolution is the process of change in an open system, an idea that owes just as much to Smith, Hayek and liberal economics as it does to Darwin and biology.
Copy Fights: The Future of Intellectual Property in the Information Age Edited by Adam Thierer and Clyde Wayne Crews Jr (Cato Institute, 2002).
Recreating Asia: Visions for a New Century: by Frank-Jurgen Richter and Pamela C.M. Mar (John Wiley, 2002).
The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature by Steven Pinker (Viking Penguin, 2002).
Terry O’Brien’s letter to the editor in response to Helen Hughes’ article (‘Is Globalisation Good or Bad for Poor People?’, Policy Summer 2002).
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