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The great Australian neoliberal experiment

The story of how Australia embraced the free market On April 7th the new Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), Sally McManus, declared that Neoliberalism ‘had run its course’ in Australia. McManus argued that Australia’s embrace of the free market in the 1970s and 1980s had lead to greater inequality amongst its population with ‘ordinary Australians’ becoming … Continue reading

6 June 2017 by
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Liberal vs populist economic policies in France 2017

Renee Buhr

Whoever is elected as President in April is set to introduce a break from business as usual in French economic policy On November 20 and 27 2016, Les Républicains – a collection of parties of the right and centre – held open primary elections to determine their candidate for the French presidential elections scheduled for 23 April 2017.   The results … Continue reading

20 December 2016 by
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Defending the market?

Matthew Bishop

The free market is indeed under attack, but mostly from the self-serving ideology of the Right and its supporters in big business During the British Conservative Party conference, one pundit argued on BBC radio that the inheritance tax threshold should urgently be raised in order to stimulate ‘enterprise’, a long-held objective of the party.  This followed George Osborne’s exasperated conference … Continue reading

12 November 2014 by
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Asking the right questions

Fred Block

To get out of the crisis we need to think about radical reforms that produce a greener and more equitable form of capitalism ‘If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers’ (Thomas Pynchon) Since 2008 people have been asking whether capitalism can be reformed to eliminate dangerous financial speculation and the extreme … Continue reading

17 April 2014 by
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