Globalisation, the State and Regional Australia

Amanda Walsh

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Format: paperback
376 pages
ISBN: 9781743325568

Publication: 15 May 2018
Series: Public and Social Policy Series
Publisher: Sydney University Press

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‘If we are to understand global capital, neoliberalism and the state in meaningful ways, we must understand them as they operate in, and on, particular places and people.’ Amanda Walsh

Globalisation is an inescapable term in the 21st century, but its real meaning is often difficult to pin down. This book sheds new light on the political and economic implications of globalisation by examining the lived experience of a particular region: the Shoalhaven area of New South Wales, where two iconic Australian industries – dairying and manufacturing – struggled to survive in the face of global competition.

Drilling down through layers of theory, policy and politics, Amanda Walsh surveys how globalisation has played out in regional Australia. Using industry case studies, she explores how decisions made at a national level have affected regional communities, and considers the role of the state in promoting and mediating globalising forces.

Amanda Walsh is associate director of government relations at Australian Catholic University (Canberra).

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1. Globalisation: why it matters
2. The Australian experience of globalisation
3. Globalisation and Australian industry: manufacturing
4. Australian agriculture and the dairy industry
5. Globalisation in regional Australia
6. The Shoalhaven region of New South Wales
7. Case study: the Shoalhaven dairy industry
8. Case study: paper manufacturing in the Shoalhaven
9. Case study: Shoalhaven Starches and ethanol manufacturing

Works cited

‘[This] is an engaging new book, relating general observations about the political economy of globalisation to specific issues in Australian regional development.’
Frank Stilwell   Journal of Australian Political Economy, iss. 81

‘Anyone interested in how Shoalhaven industries have developed, including dairy, manufacturing and tourism industries, will take pleasure in reading the book.’
Rebecca Fist   South Coast Register

Format: paperback
Size: 210 × 148 × 20 mm
376 pages
16 b&w tables and 8 b&w illustrations
Copyright: © 2018
ISBN: 9781743325568
Publication: 15 May 2018
Series: Public and Social Policy Series