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Sideshow by Lindsay Tanner

Title Sideshow
Author Lindsay Tanner
Publisher Scribe Publications
Release 2012-07-25
Category Social Science
Total Pages 256
ISBN 1921844892
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

‘After spending much of my life dedicated to the serious craft of politics, I have to admit that I am distressed by what it is becoming. Under siege from commercial pressures and technological innovation, the media are retreating into an entertainment frame that has little tolerance for complex social and economic issues. In turn, politicians and parties are adapting their behaviour to suit the new rules of the game — to such an extent that the contest of ideas is being supplanted by the contest for laughs.’ ‘The two key rules that now govern the practice of Australian politics are: (1) Look like you’re doing something; and (2) Don’t offend anyone who matters. These imperatives are a direct consequence of the interaction between media coverage and political activity — the aggregated outcome of countless individuals acting rationally in pursuit of their own interests. The sideshow syndrome, the overall result of these actions, is a direct threat to the nation’s well-being.’ When Lindsay Tanner resigned in 2010 as the ALP’s federal minister for finance and member for Melbourne, having had an 18-year career as an MP, he notably managed to retire with his reputation for integrity intact. In Sideshow, he lays bare the relentless decline of political reporting and political behaviour that occurred during his career. Part memoir, part analysis, and part critique, Sideshow is a unique book that tackles the rot which has set in at the heart of Australian public life.

Title Politics Media and Democracy in Australia
Author Brian McNair
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Release 2017-02-10
Category Social Science
Total Pages 238
ISBN 1317675029
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In Australia, as in many comparable democracies, the role of the media in the political process is high on the public agenda. There is a perception of widespread disillusionment with and disengagement from politics amongst voters, and criticism of the media for failing to fulfil their democratic responsibilities adequately. This book evaluates public perceptions of the performance of the political media in the context of the declared aims and objectives of media producers. From there the authors present findings for improving the capacity of political media to engage and inform their audiences in ways which enhance the quality and popular legitimacy of the democratic process. These conclusions are of import not only to Australians, but to observers of mediated politics in the UK, the US and other countries where similar debates around the ‘crisis of public communication’ are on-going.

Social Justice and the Churches by John D'Arcy May

Title Social Justice and the Churches
Author John D'Arcy May
Publisher ISD LLC
Release 2014-12-31
Category Religion
Total Pages 168
ISBN 1925232034
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Social justice is not just a matter of applying well-known 'first principles' shared by all Christian traditions. As these papers by representatives of seven Australian Churches show, Christian approaches to social justice are star- tlingly distinctive, both in their starting points and in the positions arrived at on urgent matters of human rights, sexual ethics and economic justice. Led off by the well-known Jesuit human rights advocate, Professor Frank Brennan, the book includes contributions by: Fr Max Vodola (Roman Catholic), Revd Gerard Rose (Churches of Christ), Revd Geoff Pound (Baptist), Revd Raymond Cleary (Anglican), Mark Zirnsak (Uniting Church), Major Jenny Begent (Salvation Army) and Fr Shenouda Boutros (Coptic Orthodox Church), with concluding reflections by Margaret Coffey (ABC Radio National). This book is the work of the Yarra Institute for Religion and Social Policy, an independent ecumenical organisation promoting scholarship and research on Christian social traditions as they bear on current concerns. Launched in 2009 by Professor Brian Howe, the Yarra Institute is committed to engag- ing with our broader culture collaboratively to promote human wellbeing. The authors of these chapters come from seven of the Christian traditions which have theological Colleges comprising the University of Divinity in Melbourne.

Title Democracy and Media Decadence
Author John Keane
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release 2013-10-31
Category Political Science
Total Pages 261
ISBN 1107041775
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Examines the role of the media in shaping and representing political life, arguing that 'media decadence' is harmful for democracy.

Title Crime Justice and Social Democracy
Author Kerry Carrington
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Release 2012-10-17
Category Law
Total Pages 365
ISBN 1137008687
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Crime, Justice and Social Democracy is a provocative and thoughtful collection of timely reflections on the state of social democracy and its inextricable links to crime and justice. Authored by some of the world's leading thinkers from the UK, US, Canada and Australia, this volume provides a powerful social democratic critique of neoliberal regimes of governance and crime control. Social democratic values raise broad questions about government, ethics, and the exercise of power in criminal justice institutions; each chapter here engages with how this might occur and with what consequences. The contributions to this volume, while critical and hard hitting, also boldly envision a more socially just criminal justice politic. This collection is essential reading for activists, scholars, legislators, politicians and policy makers concerned with promoting, imagining and understanding socially sustaining societies.

Title Studies in Australian Political Rhetoric
Author John Uhr
Publisher ANU Press
Release 2014-09-01
Category Political Science
Total Pages 248
ISBN 1925021874
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This edited collection includes eleven major case studies and one general review of rhetorical contest in Australian politics. The volume showcases the variety of methods available for studying political speech, including historical, theoretical, institutional, and linguistic analyses, and demonstrates the centrality of language use to democratic politics. The chapters reveal errors in rhetorical strategy, the multiple and unstable standards for public speech in Australia, and the links between rhetoric and action. The length of Australian political speech is traversed, from pre-Federation to the Gillard minority government (2010–13), and the topics similarly range from Alfred Deakin’s nation building to Kevin Rudd’s Apology to the Stolen Generations. This fresh collection is intended to stimulate and advance the study of political rhetoric in Australia.

Bite Size Advice by Paul J. Thomas

Title Bite Size Advice
Author Paul J. Thomas
Publisher Made For Success Publishing
Release 2015-06-27
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 288
ISBN 161339781X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Never before has anyone packed so much helpful information into one book for the time starved reader. Written by a veteran financial services executive and thought leader, Bite size advice is an indispensable tool for those wanting to increase their political, economic, social and technological literacy. Written in clear and concise language, it demystifies the key issues impacting our day-to-day lives and delivers invaluable advice in bite size chunks. Now you can find out everything you wanted to know about almost everything. WHAT are the pitfalls of over regulation? WHERE is disruptive technology taking us? WHEN does inequality become excessive? WHY is globalisation good for us? HOW is money created? WHO controls the economy? Bite size advice is a business book, an educational book and a general knowledge book. It is for anyone who wants to understand how the world works. Each chapter is faced-paced and provides great conversation starters. Bite size advice is poised to become the go-to resource for young and old alike.

Australian Politcal Institutions by Gwynneth Singleton

Title Australian Politcal Institutions
Author Gwynneth Singleton
Publisher Pearson Higher Education AU
Release 2012-11-07
Category Political Science
Total Pages 497
ISBN 1442559497
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Australian Political Institutions 10e introduces students to the structure and organisation of the institutions and functions of government in Australia, with reference to contemporary issues and debates. A lot has changed in recent times in the Australian political environment. Finally there is a text that incorporates all these important changes. As an introduction to the principles of political science the text provides an analysis of key issues in the Australian political system in a clear and concise manner. This new tenth edition retains its core focus on the Australian political system but also includes expanded comparative analysis of the similarities and differences in the structure and operation of political institutions in other countries which students can use to consider the strengths and weaknesses of the Australian political system and whether it could be improved.

Title The International Encyclopedia of Political Communication 3 Volume Set
Author Gianpietro Mazzoleni
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Release 2015-12-07
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 1656
ISBN 1118290755
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The International Encyclopedia of Political Communication is the definitive single–source reference work on the subject, with state–of–the–art and in–depth scholarly reflection on the key issues within political communication from leading international experts. It is available both online and in print. Explores pertinent/salient topics within political science, sociology, psychology, communication and many other disciplines Theory, empirical research and academic as well as professional debate are widely covered in this truly international and comparative work Provides clear definitions and explanations which are both cross–national and cross–disciplinary by nature Offers an unprecedented level of authority, accuracy and balance, with contributions from leading international experts in their associated fields Published with regularly updating online edition which will ensure readers are kept abreast of the latest developments in research

The Political Bubble by Mark Latham

Title The Political Bubble
Author Mark Latham
Publisher Macmillan Publishers Aus.
Release 2014-08-01
Category Social Science
Total Pages 304
ISBN 1743518072
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Australians once trusted the democratic process. While we got on with our lives, we assumed our politicians had our best interests at heart. Not anymore. That trust has collapsed. Mark Latham joined the Labor Party in the late 1970s hoping to improve people's lives through parliamentary service. Twenty-five years later, the Opposition Leader ended up as disillusioned as the rest of us. The scorching honesty of The Latham Diaries ensured he'd burned his political bridges, but ostracism from the Canberra Club has its advantages. In The Political Bubble Mark Latham is free to explore how parliamentary democracy has lost touch with the people it's supposed to represent. As with most institutions at risk, politics has become more tribal, with left- and right-wing fanatics dominating formerly robust, mainstream parties. After the disappointment of the Rudd/Gillard years, Tony Abbott promised to restore trust in Australian politics but, as with most of his promises, it was dispensable. The Political Bubble looks at the new government's policies - how Abbott is adding to distrust, not solving the problem. What can be done about this democratic deficit? Can our parliamentary system realign itself with community expectations or has politics become one long race to the bottom? 'A brilliant analysis of Australia in the era of Tony Abbott and fanatical right-wing politics.' ROBERT MANNE

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