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The Australian state is a piece in growth. So finish the authors whose perspectives are represented during this most modern supplying within the ANZSOG monograph sequence, Australia below development: Nation-building earlier, current and destiny. From its beginnings as a settler society via to offer day matters approximately ‘broadbanding the nation’, the nation-building narrative has resonated with Australians. The very suggestion of nation-building has either excited the preferred mind's eye approximately what we'd in attaining as a society and a country, and has occasioned melancholy approximately overlooked possibilities. The 11 authors contributing to this monograph think of those, and different topics from a number of views. They problem our realizing of the time period ‘nation-building’, examine its modern relevance as a framework for public coverage or even re-appraise the contribution of previous ‘iconic’ nation-building endeavours. To this topic the authors carry intelligence, wit and a fit disdain for sacred cows. A stimulating learn for somebody attracted to the historical past, demanding situations and customers of nation-building in Australia.

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By John Butcher

The Australian state is a piece in growth. So finish the authors whose perspectives are represented during this most modern supplying within the ANZSOG monograph sequence, Australia below development: Nation-building earlier, current and destiny. From its beginnings as a settler society via to offer day matters approximately ‘broadbanding the nation’, the nation-building narrative has resonated with Australians. The very suggestion of nation-building has either excited the preferred mind's eye approximately what we'd in attaining as a society and a country, and has occasioned melancholy approximately overlooked possibilities. The 11 authors contributing to this monograph think of those, and different topics from a number of views. They problem our realizing of the time period ‘nation-building’, examine its modern relevance as a framework for public coverage or even re-appraise the contribution of previous ‘iconic’ nation-building endeavours. To this topic the authors carry intelligence, wit and a fit disdain for sacred cows. A stimulating learn for somebody attracted to the historical past, demanding situations and customers of nation-building in Australia.

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The point is, simply, that our infrastructure deficits are huge, glaringly incommensurate with our aspirations as a first world nation — and, that, now, for once in a lifetime, we have both the revenue and compelling economic justifications for doing something about it. Huge reconstructions change expectations, create opportunities and fire up the national imagination. Third, it is a commonplace of political sociology that progressive and modernising social movements — of which the women’s movement, the peace movement, and environmental and conservation movements are the most notable instances — can only make way in the face of organised political power when entrenched opposing interests are in disarray.

4 His words were, ‘If you stop pedalling the bike falls over’. He was speaking explicitly about the dynamics of change as an advocate for top-down, ‘crash-through’ economic functionalism. He might just as easily have said that the only way to maintain the momentum of reform is to keep the whole national population reeling on the back foot. What I heard in this justification for a general strategy were two admissions. First, he was admitting that there was no consensus for economic reform and, implicitly, that public policy deliberations are futile and a waste of political time and economic opportunity.

Neo-liberalism (and the attendant phenomena of globalisation or economic rationalism) has imposed its own strictures on states and governments everywhere. But are we the only society that has surrendered its charter myths, and its images of its own future, to the dull compulsions of the markets? Or could it be that there is once again a potential for a positive, constructive, re-emergence of nation-building governance. Is there a potential to stop the tail from wagging the dog and to once again draw the markets into the service of the people?

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