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Only in Australia: The History, Politics, and Economics of Australian Exceptionalism

William Coleman


This book is about the Australian difference: it is about how Australia in economic and social policy has diverged from the approach of other countries with it might be naturally compared. Australia seems to be following a ‘special path’ of its own, that it laid down over a century ago. Australia’s distinctive policy bent is manifested in a tightly regulated labour market; a heavy reliance on means testing and income taxation; a geographical centralization of political power combined with its dispersal amongst autonomous authorities; and a readiness to use compulsion in contexts stretching fro ... More

Keywords: Australian economic history, compulsion, labour market, Westminster system, Australian

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198753254
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198753254.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Coleman, editor
Reader in Economics, Australian National University