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The Henry Tax Review, cartel parties and the reform capacity of the Australian state


Eccleston, R and Marsh, I, The Henry Tax Review, cartel parties and the reform capacity of the Australian state, Australian Journal of Political Science, 46, (3) pp. 437-451. ISSN 1036-1146 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10361146.2011.595699


The Henry Tax Review is a work in progress, but it has already advanced sufficiently to constitute an important case study of state capacity in Australia. Using the Henry Tax Review as a case study, this paper sheds light on the question of whether the national political system is capable of devising and implementing long-term reforms. Whilst specific policy failures inevitably have a contingent dimension in the form of poor strategy and leadership or unfavourable economic conditions, the paper discusses the erosion of institutional and relational structures which, arguably, has diminished systemic political capacity. This is tantamount to a structural weakening of state capacity in Australia, a development which has the potential to erode the potential of any government to enact significant strategic policy change.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Economic development policy
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Eccleston, R (Professor Richard Eccleston)
UTAS Author:Marsh, I (Professor Ian Marsh)
ID Code:73954
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2011-11-02
Last Modified:2014-12-03

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