Dr Edwards wrote this book while working as an economist in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. It created a sensation in political and public policy circles when it was first published. It was a popular best seller, that was listed in the broadsheet newspapers’ recommended Christmas present lists and summer reading guides. It also went on to become a significant book in the New Political Economy field with over 70 academic citations.
What Reviewers said:
“sublime” – Australian Book Review
“Even if you’ve never contemplated arguing with an economist – indeed especially then – you should read this book” – The Australian Financial Review Magazine
“This book should be consumed by every political actor or study of politics or economics”- The Australian Newspaper
“An excellent book that deserves to be widely read…a book that combines passionate argument with generosity and fairmindedness” – Economics Society of Australia
“Yes! Finally, a book that slags – in a penetrating and accessible way – that stark edifice ‘economic rationalism'” – The Age Newspaper
“When you read this book it seems so obvious. No one outside this culture is going to realize how shattering it is” - Treasury Economist