Room To Manoeuvre

Political Aspects of Full Employment

Paul Boreham, Geoff Dow, Martin Leet
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Room To Manoeuvre

Published

8 August 1995

ISBN

9780522848625

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Melbourne University Press

Room To Manoeuvre

Political Aspects of Full Employment

Paul Boreham, Geoff Dow, Martin Leet
Room to Manoeuvre advocates a greater role for government and public processes in economic management. A most important and timely book.

Paul Boreham, Geoff Dow and Martin Leet believe that ful employment is still attainable in Austrlaia. Having carefully studied unemployment policy performance in the major industrial democracies of the OECD over the past two decades, they are in the unique position of being able to answer such questions as:


. Why has Australia had higher unemployment than other countries over the past twenty-five years?

. Would solutions to unemployment require higher taxes?

. Has economic rationalism contributed to unemployment?

. What's more important for Australia's future: low unemployment or industry competitiveness?

In Room to Manoeuvre they offer a startling research-based critique of contemporary Australian politics. Their analysis refutes contemporary policy orthodoxy and the unemployment strategies adopted by Australian governments.

Room to Manoeuvre deals with political aspects of unemployment—the political failures which allow unemployment to continue; the political and institutional changes needed to reduce unemployment; and the political and intellectual dimensions…

Paul Boreham, Geoff Dow and Martin Leet believe that ful employment is still attainable in Austrlaia. Having carefully studied unemployment policy performance in the major industrial democracies of the OECD over the past two decades, they are in the unique position of being able to answer such questions as:


. Why has Australia had higher unemployment than other countries over the past twenty-five years?

. Would solutions to unemployment require higher taxes?

. Has economic rationalism contributed to unemployment?

. What's more important for Australia's future: low unemployment or industry competitiveness?

In Room to Manoeuvre they offer a startling research-based critique of contemporary Australian politics. Their analysis refutes contemporary policy orthodoxy and the unemployment strategies adopted by Australian governments.

Room to Manoeuvre deals with political aspects of unemployment—the political failures which allow unemployment to continue; the political and institutional changes needed to reduce unemployment; and the political and intellectual dimensions of the role of orthodox policy advice. The analysis is based on a major international database, funded by the Australian Research Council, which focuses on employment, politics and the economy. Room to Manoeuvre demonstrates that, contrary to the pessimism of contemporary economic commentators and politicians, a commitment to full employment is still appropriate.

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