The 'Australian settlement' and Australian political thought

Stokes, Geoffrey 2004, The 'Australian settlement' and Australian political thought, Australian journal of political science, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 5-22.

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Title The 'Australian settlement' and Australian political thought
Author(s) Stokes, Geoffrey
Journal name Australian journal of political science
Volume number 39
Issue number 1
Start page 5
End page 22
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publication date 2004-03
ISSN 1036-1146
1363-030X
Keyword(s) Political philosophy
Summary Arguments for reshaping political agendas invariably begin from an appraisal of past errors and achievements. Paul Kelly's notion of the 'Australian Settlement' attempts such a task. Kelly identifies a particular ideological and institutional tradition in Australian politics that dominated much of the twentieth century and that is now deemed to have broken down. This article accepts that the notion of a Settlement provides certain insights into the evolution of Australian political thought. Nonetheless, the paper takes issue with the specific content of Kelly's version of the 'Australian Settlement' and indicates how it may be reformulated. It argues that, to the extent that we can speak of a 'Settlement' in Australia, it was one reached on a wider range of key conflicts or cleavages than those to which Kelly refers.
Notes Followed by a rejoinder in : Australian Journal of Political Science 39(1): 43-7
Language eng
Field of Research 160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002695

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Social and International Studies
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