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Title: Australian Affluence and the Left
Contributor(s): Battin, Tim (author)orcid ; Ramsay, A (author)
Publication Date: 2006
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: In recent years the Australia Institute - or more particularly its Executive Director, Clive Hamilton - has been advancing a view about Australia's level of affluence and its implications. As a flow-on perhaps of his interesting and useful work on the Genuine Progress Indicator (Hamilton 1997), in which he rightly questions the use of GDP growth as a measure of wellbeing, Hamilton has extended his concerns to a point where he now questions a number of important presuppositions of the political left.This article takes issue with the main direction of Hamilton's argument about what Australia's affluence means for the left. We argue that, at the level of theory, the 'affluenza thesis' fails to take account of some central insights of political economy, and, at an empirical level, is silent on or indifferent to a number of developments.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Australian Political Economy, v.58, p. 5-19
Publisher: University of Sydney, School of Economics and Political Sciences
Place of Publication: Sydney, Australia
ISSN: 0156-5826
Field of Research (FOR): 160301 Family and Household Studies
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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