Australian social attitudes IV: the age of insecurity

Shaun Wilson (Editor), Markus Hadler (Editor)

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Around the world, democracies have seen a decline in social and political trust. Australian Social Attitudes IV: The Age of Insecurity is an in-depth look at the economic and geopolitical uncertainty that pervades Australian public discourse.

In the decade following the Howard administration, Australian politics has been defined by growing uncertainty, instability, and the emergence of popular disaffection with the political class, similar to what has been seen in the United States and Britain. Featuring contributions from Australia’s leading social scientists, this book explores the connection between insecurities and disaffection, and the ways in which they have manifested ­– in populist voting patterns, suspicions about climate science, and hostilities to immigration.

A fascinating insight into what Australians think about contemporary political and social issues, this book is designed to present the public, media, and policymakers with up-to-date analysis of public opinion about important topics confronting Australian politics and society.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherSydney University Press
Number of pages213
ISBN (Electronic)9781743325759
ISBN (Print)9781743325742
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NamePublic and social policy series
PublisherSydney University Press


  • Australia
  • Trust
  • Security (Psychology)
  • Politics and government


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