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Professor Michael Pusey

BA (Melbourne), DEd (Harvard)

Elected: 1994

Discipline: Sociology

Specialisation: quality of life, public policy, economic restructuring, social change, social attitudes, globalisation


Professor Michael Pusey works at the School of Sociology at the University of New South Wales. His study of senior public servants published, in 1991, as Economic Rationalism in Canberra, (Cambridge), started a national debate over 'economic rationalism'. This work was followed by two further ARC funded studies of the impacts of neo-liberal economic reform on the quality of life of middle Australians, published, in 2003, as The Experience of Middle Australia (Cambridge). He is currently conducting a national empirical study of media impacts on political communications between elites and citizens. In 2003 he was listed by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of Australia's top 100 public intellectuals. His areas of interest include

  • quality of life
  • economic sociology
  • identity and citizenship
  • social policy
  • public culture and social attitudes


  • Michael Pusey and Nick Turnbull (2005) Have Australians Embraced Economic Reform?, In Australian Social Attitudes. The First Report. Shaun Wilson, Gabrielle Meagher, Rachel Gibson, et al. (eds.). Sydney, Australia: University of New South Wales Press.
  • Michael Pusey (2003) An Australian Story: The Troubling Experience of Economic Reform, Papers on Parliament, #40, Bicameralism and Accountability.
  • Michael Pusey (2003) The Experience of Middle Australia. The Dark Side of Econmic Reform. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Michael Pusey (2002) Between Economic Dissolution and the 'Return of the Social', In Real Civil Societies. Dilemmas of Instutionalization. Jeffrey C Alexander (eds.). London and New York: Sage Publications.
  • Michael Pusey (1991) Economic Rationalism in Canberra. A Nation Building State Changes its Mind. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


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