AQ: Australian Quarterly

Big: The role of the state in the modern economy


Who we elect determines which problems we solve. Democracy thrives on high expectatio­ns. We can afford to do anything we want, but we can’t afford to do everything we want. The big choices are all ours, including the choice of whether we can be bothered to make them.

For decades Australian­s have been told that the less government spends, the better their lives will be. In his new book Big: The Role of the State in the Modern Economy, Richard Denniss, Chief Economist at The Australia Institute, shows we must abandon decades of denial that the public sector can play a bigger and better role in improving our lives. Available now from Monash University Publishing: or your local independen­t bookshop.

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