Bureaucrats, Technocrats, Femocrats: Essays on the contemporary Australian state

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Allen & Unwin, Feb 1, 1990 - Social Science - 208 pages
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This collection of essays in political sociology and public policy contests some of the fundamental features of the contemporary State as it is manifested in Australia. It explores themes such as the development of the complex interventionist State, characterised by the proliferation of its activities to encompass virtually every feature of its subjects' daily lives and functioning as a central site of struggle over the distribution of social, economic, political and cultural resources. It also examines the impact of the so-called new social movements - the women's movement, the various multiracial and multicultural movements, and the environmental movement - which make new claims on the democratisation of the distribution of resources, and investigates the impact on the State of the pressure for economic 'restructuring' arising from the new terms of competition within a global economy in recession.

In tracing the links between these themes, Bureaucrats, Technocrats, Femocrats makes a major contribution to a critical tradition of writing and analysis in public administration.
 

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Contents

FEMOCRATS AND THE AUSTRALIAN STATE
59
RESTRUCTURING AND THE CRISIS OF THE WELFARE STATE
99
Appendix A
175
Appendix B
179
Bibliography
180
Index
192
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Anna Yeatman teaches sociology at Flinders University and frequently acts as a consultant to the public sector on program and policy evaluation. Among the collections to which she has contributed is Feminist Challenges. She is the author of Feminism, Post Modernism and Social Science (forthcoming).

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