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Dead Right

Dead Right: How Neoliberalism Ate Itself and What Comes Next

An updated and expanded edition of the bestselling Quarterly Essay

How did the banks run wild for so long? Why are so many aged-care residents malnourished? And when did arms manufacturers start sponsoring the Australian War Memorial?

In Dead Right, Richard Denniss explores what neoliberalism has done to Australia. For decades, we have been led to believe that the private sector does everything better, that governments can’t afford to provide the high-quality services they once did, but that security and prosperity for all are just around the corner. In fact, Australians are now less equal, millions of workers have no sick leave or paid holidays, and housing is unaffordable for many. Deregulation, privatisation and trickle-down economics have, we are told, delivered us twenty-seven years of growth ... but to what end?

Denniss looks at ways to renew our democracy and discusses everything from the fragmenting Coalition to an idea of the national interest that goes beyond economics. This is a sparkling book of ideas, and the perfect starting point for thinking about how we can best shape Australia’s future.

About the author

Richard Denniss

Richard Denniss is chief economist at the Australia Institute. He is the author of Econobabble, Curing Affluenza and Dead Right, and the co-author of Affluenza. He writes for The Monthly, The Guardian, The Saturday Paper and the Australian Financial Review.

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Release date: 11 Feb 2019

RRP: $24.99

Paperback ISBN: 9781760641306

eISBN: 9781743820810

Format: Paperback

Size: 198 x 128mm

Extent: 208