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The Ethical State: Social Liberalism and the Critique of Contract

Sawer, Marian


Australian political tradition is often characterised in terms of utilitarianism and pragmatic attitudes towards the role of the state. In this paper I argue that to understand Australian political tradition one must also understand the importance of idealist liberalism at the time of Australia's nation-building. In particular, I suggest that the central Australian political institution of conciliation and arbitration embodied the philosophical critique of contract and the concept of the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2000
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Historical Studies
DOI: 10.1080/10314610008596116


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