The book, which dissects the conventional and prevalent discourse of ‘small government’ in Australia, shows that an emaciated state in reality delivers poor returns for business and society. Instead, a vibrant public sector that truly serves the public is essential for Australia to meet its long-term economic, social and environmental challenges such as delivering world class public health and education, and tackling inequality. Governomics argues that almost without exception, public sector involvement makes sound economics.
The release of Governomics continues the trend of CPD’s staff, fellows and associates writing extensively on the panoply of long-term challenges confronting Australia, and the many innovative policy solutions available to break the current short-termist stalemate of Australian politics.
In 2013, CPD released the essay collection Pushing Our Luck: Ideas for Australian Progress. Edited by Miriam Lyons with Adrian March and Ashley Hogan, this collection presents ideas and insights from leading policy thinkers on ten big issues destined to shape Australia for the long term. Subjects tackled include health reform, climate change, wellbeing, culture, schooling, long-term national planning, and building economic resilience and productivity beyond the mining boom.
In 2010, CPD published More Than Luck: Ideas Australia Needs Now, an essay collection that pays considerable attention to building Australia’s long-term prosperity and fairness by strengthening our human and natural capital and revitalising our democracy. Edited by Mark Davis and Miriam Lyons, More than Luck drew on the insights of a coterie of leading Australian thinkers. Together they uncovered significant opportunities to break the short-term policy stasis.