Friend or foe? The impact of the Hawke/Keating neoliberal reforms on Australian workers and the Australian public sector

Dibley-Maher, Paul (2012) Friend or foe? The impact of the Hawke/Keating neoliberal reforms on Australian workers and the Australian public sector. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


Over the last three decades neoliberalism has transitioned from occupying the margins of economic policy debate to becoming the dominant approach by governments and their economic advisers, a process that has accelerated with the collapse of the former Stalinist states in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. This thesis adopts a Marxist framework for understanding this process, beginning as it did in the realm of relatively abstract philosophical and ideological debate to the permeation of neoliberal values throughout all capitalist institutions, including the state bureaucracy. This necessarily means a focus on the dialectical relationship between the rise of neoliberalism and the shifting balance of class forces that accompanied the success of the neoliberal project in transforming the dominant economic policy paradigm. The extent to which neoliberal reforms impacted on workers and public sector institutions, along with the success or otherwise of traditional working class institutions in defending the material interests of workers will therefore be a recurring theme throughout this body of work. The evidence borne from this research and analysis suggests a major shift in the dialectic of class struggle in favour of the power of capital over labour during the period covered, with the neoliberal age being one of defeat for a labour movement that largely failed to adopt successful strategies for defending itself.

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ID Code: 54641
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Bean, Clive S.
Keywords: prices and income accord, capital, capitalism, class, deregulation, economy, global financial crisis (GFC), Keynesianism, labour, Marxism, Marxist, neoliberal, neoliberalism, privatisation, public sector, reform, unions
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 06 Nov 2012 04:56
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 14:44

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