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Ian McAuley

About Ian McAuley

Ian McAuley is a retired lecturer in public finance at the University of Canberra and a Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development.

SATURDAY’s GOOD READING AND LISTENING FOR THE WEEKEND

We’re back, with links to writings, broadcasts and happenings over the last three weeks.

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SATURDAY’s GOOD READING AND LISTENING FOR THE WEEKEND 

Below is the last Saturday entry for 2019.  We’ll be back on Saturday 11 January.

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IAN McAULEY. Reclaiming the ideas of economics: Leadership

In dealing with economic problems requiring adaptive change we shouldn’t look to so-called “leaders”. We need leadership.  There is a profound difference.

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SATURDAY’s GOOD READING AND LISTENING FOR THE WEEKEND

A regular collection of links to writings and broadcasts in other media

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IAN McAULEY. Reclaiming the ideas of economics: Capitalism

Economics and public policy are influenced by a nineteenth century model of capital, and therefore of capitalism, that is no longer fit for purpose.

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SATURDAY’s GOOD READING AND LISTENING FOR THE WEEKEND

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IAN McAULEY. Reclaiming the ideas of economics: Privatisation and prices

The last thirty years have seen a massive sale of government business enterprises, which, on privatisation, have set prices in line with corporate profit-maximisation. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the consequent allocation of resources is probably less efficient than would have … Continue reading

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IAN McAULEY. Reclaiming the ideas of economics: Socialism

It’s unfortunate that the term “socialism” has become a weapon in the armoury of those who stop government from performing its economically-justified functions.

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IAN McAULEY. Reclaiming the ideas of economics: Competition 

Competition generally brings tremendous benefits to consumers, but when it becomes an end in itself those benefits can be outweighed by the costs of competition.

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IAN McAULEY. Reclaiming the ideas of economics: Wealth 

Money can’t buy me love: nor can it buy me wealth

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SATURDAY’s GOOD READING AND LISTENING FOR THE WEEKEND 

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IAN McAULEY. Reclaiming the ideas of economics: Debt and deficits

An obsession with “balanced budgets”, promoted by successive Coalition governments, is having serious economic consequences.

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IAN McAULEY. Reclaiming the ideas of economics: Globalisation

“Globalisation” is too broad a term to have any useful meaning.

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SATURDAY’s GOOD READING AND LISTENING FOR THE WEEKEND

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IAN McAULEY. Reclaiming the ideas of economics: Taxes 

So long as we talk about taxation as a “burden” we will overlook the civilising effect of public expenditure.

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IAN McAULEY. Reclaiming the ideas of economics: Regulation and deregulation

To those who are frustrated by petty restrictions getting in the way of their plans, the term “deregulation” has appeal, but it makes no sense, and can be economically irresponsible, to consider markets in terms of more or less regulation. … Continue reading

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IAN McAULEY. Reclaiming the ideas of economics: Society, Economy and Environment

Policymakers and journalists generally talk about “society”, “the economy” and “the environment” as if they are separate entities, implying a tradeoff of objectives. Such a classification leads to poor policy and promotes unnecessary division.

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IAN McAULEY. Reclaiming the ideas of economics: Jobs and Growth

Not all growth improves our wellbeing; not every job is a useful job. We should not confuse economic indicators, encapsulated in slogans, with meaningful economic outcomes.

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IAN McAULEY. Reclaiming the ideas of economics: Aspiration

“Aspiration” used to mean something more noble than greed.  We need to claim it back.

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IAN McAULEY. Reclaiming the ideas of economics

Against all evidence there is a widespread belief that the Coalition is more competent in economic management than Labor. In part this is because it has appropriated the language of economics to suit its own ideological agenda.

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