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Policy narratives in historical transition: a case study in contemporary history
journal contributionposted on 01.01.2018, 00:00 authored by J Walter, Carolyn HolbrookCarolyn Holbrook
Discontent about contemporary politics in Australia has been accompanied by a history in which the 1980s and 1990s are represented as a ‘golden era’ of policy reform. Yet as champions of the era now concede, its prescriptions are failing. This should encourage contemporary historians to debate the evidence of achievement and reasons for decline. This article takes two instances of the era’s reform initiatives – in higher education and the provision of employment services – to develop a more nuanced analysis of the reform narrative and of the history it supposedly encapsulates.