Australian Left Review

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No, Minister


John Wanna


Economic Rationalism in Canberra: a Nation-Building State Changes its Mind, by Michael Pusey (Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 1991). $25 paperback. Reviewed by John Wanna.

Kicking the Canberra can is obviously alive and well. Evidence for this is to be found in Michael Pusey's Economic Rationalism in Canberra, an ambling sociological account of the federal bureaucratic power elite. Rarely do academic books strike a nerve quite as forcibly as Pusey's critique of the power of economics over the decisions made by these Canberra mandarins. In only a few months since its release the book has gained enormous recognition and widespread critical acclaim, much of which is surely deserved.



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