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Markets and the State

Microeconomic Policy in Australia

By Malcolm Abbott

© 2018 – Routledge

290 pages | 68 B/W Illus.

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Description

This book illustrates essential microeconomic concepts and theories through the examination of related policy formulation in Australia since the 1980s. It provides a fresh approach to the subject of microeconomics from the perspective of both market and government failures.

By looking at how Australia has transformed over the course of time, the book traces and tracks these changes and relates them to the broader microeconomic reforms. It also looks at the structure of Australian economic public policy formulation and process. The book uses standard microeconomic techniques to analyse the impact of these Australian policies and examines the role of government in the implementation of these policies, making it a very useful teaching vehicle for learning about microeconomics and microeconomic policies.

Reviews

Markets and the State is a much-needed addition to the applied economics literature in Australia. Diverse Australian policies are lucidly assessed using microeconomic techniques. This book has an excellent coverage of topics. These range from those focusing on business and industry to ones involving social welfare and the state of the environment. Markets and the State deserves to be widely used as a text and should also be of value for reference purposes. I wish there were more books like this applying economics to Australia’s situation.’— Clem Tisdell, Professor Emeritus, University of Queensland, Australia

Balancing the roles of market and state benefits much from a knowledge of the economics of each. Malcolm Abbott's book is itself a splendidly balanced guide to this area. It presents the essential economics accessibly and with surety. It applies the insights to the key areas that make up micro-economic policy. And it illustrates these for the highly informative case of Australia since the reform era of the 1980s.’ — Glenn Withers, Professor at Australian National University & University of New South Wales and President of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

Table of Contents

PART I: THEMES AND METHODS

1. Introduction

2. The public policy process in Australia

3. Economic policy and efficiency

PART II: ECONOMIC POLICY

4. Industry policy

5. Agricultural policy

6. Government support for research and development

7. Trade Practices

8. The National Competition Policy

9. Government business enterprises and privatisation

10. Energy policy

11. Utility regulation in Australia

12. Infrastructure

13. Labour markets

14. Training and education markets

PART III: SOCIAL POLICIES, ENVIRONMENT AND TAXATION

15. Social policy and the welfare state in Australia

16. Healthcare

17. Revenue raising. tax policy

18. Environmental Policy

PART IV: CONCLUSION

19. Conclusion

About the Author

Malcolm Abbott is Associate Professor of Economics at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General