Traditions of Australian government

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Title Traditions of Australian government
Author Wanna, John; Weller, Patrick Moray
Journal Name Public Administration
Editor R A W Rhodes
Year Published 2003
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Abstract Australia's traditions of governance tend to be pragmatic and to blend different ideologies. Its traditions are less dependent on political party ideologies, and more on competing conceptions of the significant problems and the way that they should be addressed. In this article we identify five principal traditions, namely: settlerstate developmentalism; civilizing capitalism; the development of a socialliberal constitutional tradition; traditions of federalism; and the exclusiveness/ inclusiveness of the state and society. These traditions have been robust and have developed over time. We show how political actors operating from within this plurality of traditions have understood the public sector and how their understandings have led to changes in the way the public sector is structured.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2003 Blackwell Publishing. The definitive version is available at []
Volume 81
Issue Number 1
Page from 63
Page to 94
ISSN 0033-3298
Date Accessioned 2004-05-11
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Subject Australian Government and Politics
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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