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

William Coleman (Reader in Economics, Australian National University)

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

William Coleman (Reader in Economics, Australian National University)

This edited volume is about the Australian difference and how Australia’s economic and social policy has diverged from the approach of other countries. Australia seems to be following a ‘special path’ of its own that it laid down more than a century ago. Australia’s distinctive 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 electoral singularities such as compulsory and preferential voting.

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