Politics and government

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Walter, James
Ghazarian, Zareh
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Chris Miller and Lionel Orchard

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2014
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Are politics and government in a state of crisis? On most indicators, Australia fares better than many countries, yet trust in politics is low (Martin, 2010). Commentators assert that the era just past was one of heroic achievement (Kelly, 2009) but that now there is a failure of leadership (Megalogenis, 2010), generating a longer-term difficulty in reaching workable policy decisions on major issues. Some argue that there has been an increase in problem complexity, demanding an adaptive leadership to which current systems are not attuned (see Little, 2012). Others suggest there has been a ‘rout of knowledge’ when problem complexity is allied to political conflict (Garnaut, 2010), leaving us with simplistic adversarial politics.

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Australian Public Policy: Progressive Ideas in the Neoliberal Ascendency

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Australian Government and Politics

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