The Origins of Worker Mobilisation Australia 1788-1850 This is a book on how and why workers come together. Almost coincident with its inception, worker organisation is a central and enduring element of capitalism. In the 19th and 20th centuries’ mobilisation by workers played a substantial role in reshaping critical elements of these societies in Europe, North America, […]
The Toxic University: Zombie Leadership, Academic Rock Stars, and Neoliberal Ideology, by John Smyth
The central thesis of this well-constructed and well-referenced book is that in recent decades higher education policy – in common with much else that matters in human existence – has come to be shaped by neoliberalism’s blind and evidence-free prescriptions. As many commentators now assert, the real economy – which depends on cohesive social relations, […]
The West Asian states of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Iran have over the last few decades represented an arc of crisis. Characterized by fractured and dysfunctional political elites, fraught economic policies, and ideological struggles between the forces of authoritarianism and democratization, neo-fundamentalism and pluralism, they embody a mosaic of ethnicities. Amin Saikal, a distinguished Afghan-born […]
Drawing on examples and data from across Australia, Andrew Leigh shows how economics can be used to illuminate what happens on the sporting field, in the stockmarket, and at work. Economics has things to say about AC/DC and Arthur Boyd, dating and dieting, Grange and Geelong, murder and poverty. Incentives matter, often in surprising ways, […]
In Pressed for time, Judy Wajcman explains why we immediately interpret our experiences with digital technology as inexorably accelerating everyday life. She argues that we are not mere hostages to communication devices, and the sense of always being rushed is the result of the priorities and parameters we ourselves set rather than the machines that help […]
Introduction and the article about Emeritus Professor Geoff Harcourt in the special issue of the Cambridge Journal of Economics arising from conference in honour of Geoff’s 80th birthday celebration in Cambridge in June, 2011.
This collection of essays arose from a workshop (Markets and the Modern University) held in Canberra in 2013 under the auspices of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia to consider the impact of the encroachment of the market on public universities. The book is available online and will be available in hard copy (POD) […]
In this comprehensive, stylish and accessible introduction to contemporary social theory, Anthony Elliott examines the major social theoretical traditions. From the Frankfurt School to globalization, from feminism to the network society, this new edition has been fully revised and updated, taking into account the most recent developments in social theory. The second edition also contains a […]
With a combined 50 years of research and advocacy experience in tobacco control, Simon Chapman and Becky Freeman set out the evidence for the importance of plain packaging in striking at the heart of what remains of tobacco advertising. They examine the history of the idea, the tobacco industry’s frantic efforts to derail it, and […]
Understanding current patterns of work and changes in the nature of work is central to comprehending our present situation. Trying to assess likely changes in the demand for and supply of workers, and the products and services they create, is critical to understanding how the nation may develop over the next decade. Acknowledging this, the […]
This book provides a truly comprehensive analysis of the 2013 federal election in Australia, which brought the conservative Abbott government to power, consigned the fractious Labor Party to the Opposition benches and ended the ‘hung parliament’ experiment of 2010–13 in which the Greens and three independents lent their support to form a minority Labor government. […]
This volume provides time series data for the major wine regions of Australia from the 1840s, to complement a volume on global wine markets (published in December 2011) and one on where the various winegrape varieties are grown in the world (published in December 2013), both by University of Adelaide Press.
Corruption is one of the biggest global issues, ahead of extreme poverty, unemployment, the rising cost of food and energy, climate change, and terrorism. In this Very Short Introduction Series Leslie Holmes considers why the international community has only highlighted corruption as a problem in the past two decades, despite its presence throughout the millennia.
Timely, piercing and in regard to Australia’s first set of laws national laws were enacted to combat the threat of terrorism, written with the benefit of hindsight, this book asks whether Australia really needed to enact anti-terrorism laws in the first place, let alone add to them? And more tellingly, the book asks whether seeing these […]
This book, an outcome of an 2013 ASSA workshop, examines theories and specific experiences of international migration and social transformation, with special reference to the effects of neo-liberal globalization on four societies with vastly different historical and cultural characteristics: South Korea, Australia, Turkey and Mexico.
Emeritus Professor Geoff Harcourt review’s Thomas Piketty’s bestseller Capital in the Twenty-First Century in an article in The Economics and Labour Relations Review (ELRR).
John King sets out the distinctive features of Post Keynesian economics and their implications for the assessment of alternative proposals for domestic and international macroeconomic policy. He begins by outlining the core elements of Post Keynesian theory and explains how it differs from other schools, including the so-called ‘Old Keynesian’ and ‘New Keynesian’ theories. Subsequent […]
A delightful look at chance and outrageous fortune in the world of politics.
This collection examines the inquiries into the historical abuse of children in care which have proliferated across Western countries over the last twenty years, positioning them as a new area within the field of transitional justice. Drawing on the experience of care-leaver advocates, historians, archivists, museum professionals, social workers, lawyers and psychologists who have been […]
The Future of Aircraft Maintenance in Australia: Workforce Capability, Aviation Safety And Industry Development
By 2025, there will be an estimated 30% global workforce shortfall in aircraft maintenance capacity, with Australia and the Asia Pacific region particularly hard hit: Australia has a both a strong need and excellent opportunity to help meet this shortfall in the region. This means moving quickly to rebuild both aircraft maintenance and maintenance training […]