Archive for the ‘thinktanks’ Category

You’ll have to do the thinking for both of us, for all of us…

December 27, 2010

Here’s a few

Grattan Institute

Grattan Institute aspires to contribute to public policy in Australia as a liberal democracy in a globalised economy. Our work is objective, evidence-driven and non-aligned. We foster informed public debate on the key issues for Australia through both public events and private forums engaging key decision makers and the broader community.

And the Institute for Private Enterprise

which has published some batshit crazy bullshit about climate change, and been publicly slapped down of late in the Australian Financial Review.

Australian Strategic Policy Institute

ASPI is an independent, non-partisan policy institute. It has been set up by the government to provide fresh ideas on Australia’s defence and strategic policy choices. The Howard Government was keen to promote contestability in policy advice. While it already existed in many sectors, Ministers were concerned that alternative policy advice was less easily found for defence and security issues.


Learning from the Gramscian right?

November 23, 2010

.. the free market think-tank Institute of Public Affairs (IPA). At the IPA [Gary] Johns drew on public choice theory and the ‘new class’ theories of the American neo-cons, evincing a determined obsession with curbing the activities of NGOs, bent as they are on peddling their self-serving, undemocratic agendas and influencing governments…. A valuable, if small, Australian literature on think-tanks now exists. The most detailed study I’ve read is Damien Cahill’s PhD thesis, which forms the basis of numerous published articles. Cahill tracks the funding sources, leadership and participant base, and strategies used by institutions like the IPA to install radical new right ideologies as ‘common sense’. There is, however impressively thorough, something missing from this approach. Cahill analyses arguments and shows how the rise of certain ideologies since the 1980s has shored up ruling-class interests. We would be mistaken to conceive of all this as a carefully designed and skilfully executed grab at power. The ideas in themselves are, to their adherents, compelling, alluring, and inspiring.

Who is Bennelong? Eve Vincent, Arena 89

Here’s a talk by Cahill (haven’t read it yet)

And here’s his University of Sydney page, complete with useful list of publications.