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English Nationalism and Euroscepticism Losing the Peace

English Nationalism and Euroscepticism Losing the Peace seeks out the origins of contemporary English nationalism. Whilst much academic and political attention has been given to England's place within the United Kingdom since devolution, the author argues that recent English nationalism actually derives from Britain's troubled relationship with European integration. Drawing on political evidence from the former Empire, the debates surrounding...Read more

Author/Editor: Ben Wellings
Publication Date: March 2013
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'Prospects for Democracy', Introduction by John Anderson

In the spring of 1943 the Australian broadcasting commision and the Sydney Daily Telegraph collaborated in the production of series of articles, talks and discussions, under the general title: 'After the War then what about a real democracy in Australia?' Since many of the issues raised are of permanent interest and importance W. H. C. Eddy decided to collect the material in book form. This is the introductory essay by John Anderson. Originally...Read more

Maxine McKew - Tales from the Political Trenches

In the weeks since the release of her book, Tales from the Political Trenches, Maxine McKew has often said that she sees it as a ‘second draft of history'. The chronicling of her time in federal parliament contains many salutary lessons for aspiring politicians. Above all, it shows that there is a certain art to losing power gracefully, an art that McKew has manifestly failed to master. Review by Jennifer Rayner.Read more

Author/Editor: Maxine McKew
Publication Date: November 2012
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James Button - Speechless: A Year in My Father's Business

It shouldn’t surprise us that speechwriters pen the most compelling books on political life. After all, their primary function is to forge a coherent narrative out of a disparate reality, to create comprehensibility out of complexity. Like the best in its tradition, Speechless should be read for doing two things extremely well: it documents an important period of Australian history, whilst examining the personalities that drove it. Review by Shaun Crowe.Read more

Author/Editor: James Button
Publication Date: November 2012
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Geoff Gallop - Politics, Society, Self: Occassional Writings

Geoff Gallop’s Politics, Society, Self is an oddly passionless book. Throughout, Gallop frequently returns to philosophical questions: why are we here? What is government for? How do we leave the world in a better state than we found it? More than any of these questions though, readers might find themselves pondering something more prosaic: who is this book supposed to be for? Review by Jennifer Rayner.Read more

Author/Editor: Geoff Gallop
Publication Date: November 2012
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Lindsay Tanner - Politics With Purpose: Occassional Observations on Public and Private Life

Whilst various members of the left might find specific grounds for criticism in Politics with Purpose, they should still take away one clear lesson. At their best, politics and social organisation can respond directly to pressing human needs. What Lindsay Tanner tells us, and has been doing so for twenty years, is that we should never lose sight of this guiding light. Review by Shaun Crowe.Read more

Author/Editor: Lindsay Tanner
Publication Date: October 2012
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Lindsay Tanner - Politics With Purpose: Occassional Observations on Public and Private Life

Politics with purpose makes an important contribution to the ongoing debate about Australia’s path into the coming century, and provides us with a clear insight into the history and ideology which still informs Labor thinking today. Don’t read it because you want to know who did what to whom inside Kevin Rudd’s ‘gang of four’; read it because, like Tanner, you care about where this country is going and how we’re going to get there together. Review by Jennifer Rayner.Read more

Author/Editor: Lindsay Tanner
Publication Date: October 2012
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Politics with Purpose: Occasional Observations on Public and Private Life

It is a sad irony that the Australian media's coverage of Lindsay Tanner's latest book Politics with purpose: occasional observations of public and private life focused almost exclusively on the ongoing tensions in the Labor Party over the toppling of Kevin Rudd, and his less-than-flattering assessment of the party's current state. Since leaving Parliament in 2010 Tanner has repeatedly said that the reduction of our national politics to a...Read more

Political Theatre

Like most political scientists, if I were capable of doing something more interesting I would be doing it. In my case, the alternative career would probably involve music. As it happens, I can’t carry a tune in a bucket. However, that shortcoming has left me with a great fondness for musical theatre – and a profound admiration for people who are capable of creating and performing it. Imagine my delight, then, when I discovered that a surprise...Read more

Author/Editor: Frank Baber
Publication Date: September 2012
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ANUCES Roundtable Summary: Russia and the Indo-Pacific

On Wednesday 1st August 2012 the Australian National University’s Centre for European Studies held an invitation-only Roundtable on trends in Russia and their implications for the Indo-Pacific region. The Roundtable aimed to support preparation for the September 2012 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Vladivostok. It brought together prominent academic experts and senior public servants with strong relevant backgrounds to discuss...Read more

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