Great Expectations: Government, Entitlement and an Angry Nation

Author(s): Laura Tingle

Politics & Society

Rather than relaxed and comfortable, Australians are disenchanted with politics and politicians. In this brilliant short book - an expanded version of her acclaimed Quarterly Essay - Laura Tingle shows that the reason for this goes to something deep in Australian culture: our great expectations of government. Since the deregulation era of the 1980s, Tingle finds, governments can do less, but we wish they could do more. From Hawke to Gillard, each prime minister has grappled with this dilemma. Keating sought to change expectations, Howard to feed a culture of entitlement, Rudd to reconceive the federation. Through all of this, and back to our origins, runs an almost childlike sense of the government as saviour and provider that has remained constant even as the world has changed. Now we are an angry nation, and the Age of Entitlement is coming to an end. What will a different politics look like? And, Tingle asks, even if a leader surfs the wave of anger all the way to power, what answer can be given to our great expectations?

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General Fields

  • : 9781863956147
  • : Black Inc.
  • : Black Inc.
  • : August 2013
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : Australia
  • : July 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : black & white illustrations
  • : Revised edition
  • : black & white illustrations
  • : Revised edition
  • : Paperback
  • : Paperback
  • : 128
  • : 128
  • : Laura Tingle
  • : Laura Tingle
  • : 320.00
  • : 320.00