The politics of productivity growth in Australia

Ferguson, Peter 2016, The politics of productivity growth in Australia, Australian journal of political science, vol. 51, no. 1, pp. 17-33, doi: 10.1080/10361146.2015.1111861.

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Title The politics of productivity growth in Australia
Author(s) Ferguson, PeterORCID iD for Ferguson, Peter
Journal name Australian journal of political science
Volume number 51
Issue number 1
Start page 17
End page 33
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1363-030X
Keyword(s) productivity growth
microeconomic reform
productivity commission
Social Sciences
Political Science
Government & Law
Summary A prominent feature of recent Australian economic discourse is the assertion that there was a ‘productivity surge’ during the 1990s, resulting from the neoliberal microeconomic reforms inaugurated in the early 1980s. However, the evidence for the productivity surge is routinely overstated, thus undermining the rationale for many past and future microeconomic reforms. There is also substantial evidence that productivity growth can have perverse socioeconomic and/or environmental consequences. Nonetheless, many policymakers, economists and commentators remain preoccupied with increasing productivity growth. This article examines the Australian productivity debate and concludes that this is driven more by neoliberal norms than socioeconomic necessity. These are manifest in a disciplinary discourse that constructs productivity growth as a national imperative, unencumbered by negative social and environmental externalities.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10361146.2015.1111861
Field of Research 160601 Australian Government and Politics
160605 Environmental Politics
1605 Policy And Administration
1606 Political Science
Socio Economic Objective 940204 Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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