The Passion of Politics

The role of ideology and political theory in Australia

Lindy Edwards
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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.

Author bio:

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.

Category: Politics & Government
ISBN: 9781742377780
Table Of Contents: Preface

Acknowledgements

Introduction


PART 1: THE FOUNDATIONS

1 Values, beliefs and ideologies

2 Conservatism

3 Liberalisms

4 Socialism

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

11 Constructivism

12 Feminism

13 Gay rights movement

14 Aboriginal rights movement

15 Multiculturalism

PART 4: A TURN TO THE RIGHT

16 Neo-liberalism and rational choice theory

17 1980s economic reforms

18 Neo-conservatism

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

Conclusion

Selected further reading

Notes

Index
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: October 2012
Page Extent: 248
Format: Paperback - C format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Politics & government

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