Contributors – The Centre for Independent Studies

Samuel Gregg


Featured Publication

  • Rendering Unto Caesar. New Challenges for Church and State 18 May 2004 | OP90
    In considering contemporary trends shaping church-state relations, Samuel Gregg suggests that two paradoxical developments are occurring.  First, we no longer live in a society where religious communities can expect a basic sympathy from almost all political groups of left and…...
    In considering contemporary trends shaping church-state relations, Samuel Gregg suggests that two paradoxical developments are occurring.  First, we no longer live in a society where religious communities can expect a basic sympathy from almost all political groups of left and…
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Media & Commentary

  • Business should go back to moral basics 14 August 2001 | The Australian Financial Review
    In recent years, stakeholder theory has established itself as orthodoxy within much corporate management practice. Reflecting an unsubtle play on the word ‘shareholder’, some regard stakeholderism as the future for corporate governance. In reality, however, stakeholderism represents an approach that…
    In recent years, stakeholder theory has established itself as orthodoxy within much corporate management practice. Reflecting an unsubtle play on the word ‘shareholder’, some regard stakeholderism as the future for corporate governance. In reality, however, stakeholderism represents an approach that…
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  • Pros and Cons of a Bill of Rights 29 May 2001 | The Canberra Times
    As historians look back on the 20th century, some will note the assertion of rights-claims as one of its distinguishing features. No one would dispute that much good has flowed from this development. The US civil rights movement facilitated, for…
    As historians look back on the 20th century, some will note the assertion of rights-claims as one of its distinguishing features. No one would dispute that much good has flowed from this development. The US civil rights movement facilitated, for…
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  • It's time for a return to duty, not rights 30 August 2000 | The Australian Financial Review
    "The moral foundation of political economy is not the satisfaction of appetite, but the fulfillment of duties". This observation, penned by Lord Acton in 1864, goes to the heart of the contemporary debate about "mutual obligation". It is, however, a…
    "The moral foundation of political economy is not the satisfaction of appetite, but the fulfillment of duties". This observation, penned by Lord Acton in 1864, goes to the heart of the contemporary debate about "mutual obligation". It is, however, a…
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  • It is no sin to be rich 26 May 2000 | Business review Weekly
    A discussion of the morality of wealth is timely. In the past year, there has been an increase in the attention given to the behaviour of wealthy people. The courtroom battle between members of Doug Moran’s family gave the public…
    A discussion of the morality of wealth is timely. In the past year, there has been an increase in the attention given to the behaviour of wealthy people. The courtroom battle between members of Doug Moran’s family gave the public…
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  • Beyond Romanticism: Questioning the Green Gospel 30 November 0001
    Over the past forty years, environmentalism has emerged as one of the major political movements that transcend national boundaries. Its concerns have motivated people from a variety of backgrounds to become politically active and have significantly altered the manner in…
    Over the past forty years, environmentalism has emerged as one of the major political movements that transcend national boundaries. Its concerns have motivated people from a variety of backgrounds to become politically active and have significantly altered the manner in…
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Publications

  • The Art of Corporate Governance: a return to first principles 23 June 2002 | PM51
    Calls for big business to be more ‘ethical’ and ‘socially responsible’ have never been louder, nor more misguided.  Samuel Gregg argues these calls come at a time ‘when the public understanding of the nature of ethics has never been more confused’. ‘The idea that corporations exist primarily to maximise shareholder…...
    Calls for big business to be more ‘ethical’ and ‘socially responsible’ have never been louder, nor more misguided.  Samuel Gregg argues these calls come at a time ‘when the public understanding of the nature of ethics has never been more confused’. ‘The idea that corporations exist primarily to maximise shareholder…
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  • Playing with Fire: Churches, Welfare Services and Government Contracts 14 August 2000 | IA14
    Striking a balance between state funding and religious autonomy is the latest challenge for church-based welfare agencies. Church-based welfare agencies risk losing their autonomy if they accept government contracts to perform welfare services. As the funds from state contracts begin to constitute the bulk of the financial resources of church…...
    Striking a balance between state funding and religious autonomy is the latest challenge for church-based welfare agencies. Church-based welfare agencies risk losing their autonomy if they accept government contracts to perform welfare services. As the funds from state contracts begin to constitute the bulk of the financial resources of church…
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  • Beyond Romanticism: Questioning the Green Gospel 02 July 2000 | OP73
    In this occasinal Paper, Samuel Gregg raises questions about the adequacy of many Christian pronouncements and commetaries on environmental issues. Too often, he contends, they are characterised by questionable theological premises as well as a tendency to accept uncriticially arguments articulated by the green lobby....
    In this occasinal Paper, Samuel Gregg raises questions about the adequacy of many Christian pronouncements and commetaries on environmental issues. Too often, he contends, they are characterised by questionable theological premises as well as a tendency to accept uncriticially arguments articulated by the green lobby.
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  • Christianity and Entrepreneurship: Protestant and Catholic Thoughts 05 November 1999 | PM44
    This monograph is a scholarly yet understandable study of entrepreneurship from both a Protestant (Preece) and a Catholic (Gregg) perspective. Among other things, both argue that Christians should not look at entrepreneurs with suspicion, for they too bear God’s image and can be instrumental in fulfilling God’s purposes in the…...
    This monograph is a scholarly yet understandable study of entrepreneurship from both a Protestant (Preece) and a Catholic (Gregg) perspective. Among other things, both argue that Christians should not look at entrepreneurs with suspicion, for they too bear God’s image and can be instrumental in fulfilling God’s purposes in the…
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  • Economics & Ethics: The Dispute and the Dialogue 02 November 1999 | OP71
    The relationship between economists and religious thinkers is often acrimonious. In this Occasional Paper, an economist and a theologian examine some of the causes of this conflict. While acknowledging that there is bound to be a certain degree of tension because of the divergent philosophical premises underlying the economist’s and…...
    The relationship between economists and religious thinkers is often acrimonious. In this Occasional Paper, an economist and a theologian examine some of the causes of this conflict. While acknowledging that there is bound to be a certain degree of tension because of the divergent philosophical premises underlying the economist’s and…
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  • Religion and Liberty: Western Experiences, Asian Possibilities 01 August 1999 | OP68
    The once fashionable notion that ‘God is dead’ is certainly belief by the facts of increasing religious belief and practice throughout most of the world. Anyone, then, who values the free society, be they European or Asian, religious or otherwise, has to think seriously about what this may mean for…...
    The once fashionable notion that ‘God is dead’ is certainly belief by the facts of increasing religious belief and practice throughout most of the world. Anyone, then, who values the free society, be they European or Asian, religious or otherwise, has to think seriously about what this may mean for…
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