A special guest

We all know that a book doesn’t exist (not properly) until it’s been launched. So we’re really looking forward to our book launch at the Australian Catholic University in Canberra on Thursday 31 May.

And who’s our special guest on the night? None other than Cathy McGowan AO, MP, the independent Member for Indi. Cathy has spent the past year toiling away on the Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation. So really, there’s no-one better to launch this book!

Available now …

Hurrah! The book is born today. To grab your copy of Globalisation, the state and regional Australia, head on over to the Sydney University Press (SUP) shop.

Three cheers for SUP, and another couple for Australian Catholic University for supporting the official launch of the book on 31 May in Canberra. (If you’d like to come along, just drop me a line here.)


What’s the book about?

Globalisation, the state and regional development is about the 7 million Australians who live outside our major cities and the impact globalisation has had on their regional economies and communities. More specifically, it’s about how Australian governments have approached the task of helping regional Australia deal with  globalisation.

The history of the last 30 years tells us that Australian governments have been, variously, inconsistent, ineffective and destructive in their approach to regional Australia, particularly in industry policy and regional policy. Regional communities have the capacity and the desire to thrive in the era of globalisation—but they deserve much better, smarter public policy.

Read more here.

Sneak preview: reviewer comments

Here’s a sneak preview of the book, courtesy of an expert reviewer engaged by Sydney University Press:

‘I found this book a delight to read […] In terms of scholarly content there is no doubt that the work is significant in its field, as it makes a substantial theoretical contribution that is well grounded empirically. The central arguments are undoubtedly original in the way that they integrate and extend existing theoretical literature regarding globalization and neoliberalism.  The analysis and methodology used are very sound, with really well chosen case studies that are very ably contextualized in national and international contexts, as well as in the theoretical literature […]

‘The main points are logically and consistently argued, and there is a nice symmetry to the book’s structure that brings these arguments out […] The writing style is highly appropriate, as it is very accessible but also well grounded in academic literature and method.’

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