Rational economics and the public sphere: an essay in retrieval

Andrew Vandenberg, Ian Tregenza

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This article considers the current debate about economic rationalism in Australia which has in large part been generated by the work of Michael Pusey. It draws on contemporary political philosophy and argues for a more encompassing approach. It argues, first, the merits of preferring discourses of prudent deliberation over discourses of rationality; second, it criticises Pusey's grounding in the thought of Habermas; third, it considers the relevance of contemporary reassessments of Machiavelli's thought; and fourth, it concludes that wise government requires a public space for lively and prudent deliberation of many policy alternatives for dealing with the endless contingencies of political life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-353
Number of pages16
JournalAustralian Journal of Political Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 1994
Externally publishedYes


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