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Economic Rationalism in Canberra:
Ranked by the Australian Sociological Association as one of the ten most influential books in 40 years of Australian Sociology.
"A celebrated analysis of how economic rationalism came to dominate policy making in Canberra." - The Age
"Michael Pusey penetrates the club of free market bureaucrats to reveal the mind, manner and machination of Canberra's top men. He shows us something quite simple and powerful: that the modern doctrine of economic rationalism has been the increasingly dominant intellectual force shaping these men, their view of the world and the transformation of the Australian state they presided over during the 1980's." - Australian Society
"Australians should read and ponder what deserves to be the political book of the decade. Nobody else - friend or enemy of the Hawk government - has related the shift in its policies to our national life and history in so profound a way." - Hugh Stretton
This is an important and challenging book, not the least for provoking a long overdue debate." - Barry Jones
"Michael Pusey's Economic Rationalism
in Canberra must rank as the most important political intervention against
the New Right carried out by an academic in recent years. Pusey became
the critical public intellectual of 1991." - Arena
Habermas: Key Sociologists
Habermas is one of the most influential of contemporary sociological thinkers, yet his work remains difficult and relatively inaccessible. in this admirably lucid and authoritative introduction to his work, Michael Pusey provides a direct, critical and accessible account which makes it an exceptionally valuable guide written for the student reader.
Habermas has provided important sociological 'reconstructions' of Max and Weber, and addressed three central issues of social science - the evolution of culture and society, the Weberian theory of rationalisation, and the relationship of meaning and scientific method. His theoretical insights into 'lifeworld', constitutes major advances in sociological thought.
The book is unusually accessible because it explains and interprets Habermas, so that he may speak for himself to a non-German audience, providing criticism so as to make his work and its intentions easier to grasp.
This book is also avaliable in Japanese
Chapters and Articles (selected)
- 'Television and Political Communication', Paul Jones and Michael Pusey, Australian Journal of Social Issues Vol 43 No 4, Summer 2008, pp 583-599
- 'In the Wake of Economic Reform...New Prospects for Nation-building?' ANU E Press, 2008
- ''The changing relations between the generations... It could even be good news?', Australian Journal of Youth Studies, Vol 26, No 1, pp9-17, March 2007
- ‘Have Australians Embraced Economic Reform?’ Michael Pusey and Nick Turnbull, in (eds.) Shaun Wilson, Gabrielle M aegher et al, Australian Social Attitudes. The First Report, UNSW Press, 2005
- 'Class and 'Media Influence' in Australia' with Paul Jones, in D.Heider
(ed.) News and Class, Lanham, Maryland, Rowan & Littlefield (forthcoming
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