Behind the evening news lies a world of political ideas and passionate conflict. The Passion of Politics unpacks the big ideas which drive these political clashes, outlining their history and explaining how they drive political dynamics in Australia.
'Lindy Edwards powerfully shows how politics can be understood as a passionate confrontation of ideas and ideologies. This book gives us a new and compelling way to think about the past, present, and future of Australian politics.' - Professor John Dryzek, Australian National University
Behind the evening news lies a world of political ideas and passionate conflict. The Passion of Politics unpacks the ideologies and theories that drive these political clashes, helping to explain why we admire some politicians and loathe others.
The ideas driving today's politics all have roots in the political struggles of the past. They've been responses to great injustices and challenges, and they've underpinned enormous achievements. In Australia, they've helped create one of the most wealthy, free and just societies in history.
Today we are faced with important choices between flawed options. The struggles of the past have undermined our belief in utopias. Yet the current battles remain crucial to defining our future. Understanding the dynamics of the ideas in play is essential to equipping ourselves to take part in these vital debates.
Lindy Edwards is Senior Lecturer in politics at the University of NSW. She is the author of the bestselling How to Argue with an Economist: Re-opening political debate in Australia.
Politics & Government
Table Of Contents:
PART 1: THE FOUNDATIONS
1 Values, beliefs and ideologies
PART 2: FORGING THE AUSTRALIAN TRADITION
5 Australia at Federation and the radical democrats
6 White Australia
7 Early divisions and 'The three elevens'
8 The birth of Australian egalitarianism
9 Creating the two-party system
10 Trends of political debate: Splits and creeping social democracy
PART 3: 1970S CONSTRUCTIVISM AND LIBERATION MOVEMENTS
13 Gay rights movement
14 Aboriginal rights movement
PART 4: A TURN TO THE RIGHT
16 Neo-liberalism and rational choice theory
17 1980s economic reforms
19 A new nationalism
PART5: OUR FUTURE CHOICES
20 Lessons for the future
21 Human nature
22 How we organise ourselves
23 Environmentalism as a window into future debates
Selected further reading
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