John Howard, Economic Liberalism, Social Conservatism and Australian Federalism

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Title John Howard, Economic Liberalism, Social Conservatism and Australian Federalism
Author Hollander, Robyn
Journal Name Australian Journal of Politics and History
Editor Ian Ward, Andrew Bonnell
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Abstract The Howard era saw a further accumulation of power in Canberra and continued the marginalisation of the States. This essay locates John Howard within Liberal Party tradition and examines the way in which his own values shaped his approach to federalism. Howard identified himself as an economic liberal and as a social conservative (although he might be better thought of as a social liberal.) His commitment to small government and a single market unimpeded by state borders together with his lack of sympathy with regional identity had important consequences for the evolution of the Australian federation after 1996.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2008 Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. The definitive version is available at
Volume 54
Issue Number 1
Page from 85
Page to 103
ISSN 0004-9522
Date Accessioned 2009-01-20
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Australian Government and Politics; PRE2009-Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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