Wrong Way

How Privatisation and Economic Reform Backfired

Wrong Way

Since the 1980s, waves of neoliberal ‘economic reform’ have transformed Australia. Privatisation, deregulation, marketisation and the contracting out of government services: for three decades now, there has been widespread agreement among policymakers on the desirability of these strategies. But the benefits of economic reform are increasingly being questioned. Alongside growing voter disenchantment, new voices of dissent argue that instead of efficiency and improved services, economic reform has led to unaccountable oligopolies, increased prices, reduced productivity and degradation of the public good. In Wrong Way, Australia’s leading economists and public intellectuals do a cost–benefit analysis of economic reform across key areas. Have these reforms been worthwhile for the Australian community and its economy? Have they given us a better society, as promised? ‘Has privatisation led to more productivity-enhancing competition? Has deregulation increased economic welfare in energy, finance, health, education and labour markets? Does the lived experience of Australians measure up to the promise of economic reform? The authors answer these questions with conclusions that are both compelling and disturbing.’——Emeritus professor Roy Green, University of Technology Sydney Damien Cahill & Phillip Toner on Economic Reform Stephen Duckett on Private Health Insurance Elizabeth Hill & Matt Wade on Early Childhood Education And Care Phillip Toner on Vocational Education And Training Jane Andrew & Max Baker on Prisons Bob Davidson on Aged Care Paul Davies on Public Sector Engineering Sue Olney & Wilma Gallet on Employment Services John Quiggin on Electricity Jim Stanford on Labour Markets Evan Jones on Banking Peter Phibbs & Nicole Gurran on Housing Lee Ridge on The NBN Ben Spies-Butcher & Gareth Bryant on Universities Michael Beggs on Monetary Policy And Unemployment John Quiggin on Productivity Peter Brain on Orthodox Economic Models Patricia Ranald on Free Trade David Richardson on Foreign Investment Frank Stilwell on Inequality

The First 1000 Days of Early Childhood

Becoming

The First 1000 Days of Early Childhood

This book provides a philosophical, socio-political and theoretical understanding of the notion of Becoming in the context of the related concepts, and in contemplation of the notion of Being. Deriving from different traditions from various countries, these concepts act as windows on contemporary early years settings and communities around the world where adults map out infant becomings. This book is a valuable resource for early childhood educators, students, professionals, researchers, and policy makers around the globe who seek to understand the locatedness of infant becomings in space and time.

Understanding the Australian Health Care System

Understanding the Australian Health Care System

Understanding the Australian Health Care System 4e is the essential guide to the complexities of health care in Australia. Key theoretical concepts and current issues along with the structures and policies influencing health care professionals are explored by leading experts led by authors, Eileen Willis, Louise Reynolds and Trudy Rudge. The text is divided into two sections. The first is about the multiple systems, services and schemes that make up health care in Australia. The second explores the roles of fifteen health professions working within the current system, with a focus on key themes of interprofessional practice, chronic illness, and quality and safety. Additional resources on Evolve eBook on VitalSource Student and Instructor Resources on Evolve Video interviews with practitioners and thought leaders Discipline-specific case studies Multiple choice questions Instructor Resources on Evolve PowerPoint presentations Tutorial planner Test banks

The Protestant Advocate

Or, a Review of Publications Relating to the Roman Catholic Question, and Repertory of Protestant Intelligence

The Protestant Advocate


Prague

Prague


Health Policy Reform

Driving the Wrong Way? : a Critical Guide to the Global 'health Reform' Industry

Health Policy Reform

Addressing the dramatic changes in healthcare systems since the early 1990s, this work questions whether these major "reforms" are driven by the health needs of the wider population or, in fact, by non-health considerations such as financial and political concerns of governments and global institutions. This major new study presents the key issues facing health professionals today and is aimed at medics and administrators alike. The book's use of a common analytical framework produces a consistent critical analysis of different situations in various countries, making its approach wholly unlike previous studies of the topic of modern healthcare.

Comparative Economic Systems

Models and Cases

Comparative Economic Systems

Covers the organization, operation and performance of economic systems - capitalist and socialist, market and planned - both in theory and in practice.