Preface; Introduction: Canberra in the balance; Part I. Canberra: A State Apparatus Changes Its Mind: 1. Images of contemporary Australia; 2. Profiles of Canberra's political administrators; 3. The inner triangle; 4. The instrumentation of state power; Part II. State and Society: Reflections, Refractions, Reductions: 5. 'Rationalisation' and modernity: what has happened to the state's deliberative capacity?; 6. Integrity under stress: the Lucky Country enters the world economy; Appendices; Notes and references; Index.
Michael Pusey discusses the way that Australian policies have transformed since the 1970's.
'In 1994 Pusey decided to embark on an ambitious project to discover what Middle Australia really thought. Get out there into the suburbs, dig and listen, he told himself.' Asia Intelligence