Quarterly Essay 60: On Political Amnesia - Laura Tingle

Quarterly Essay 60: On Political Amnesia

Laura Tingle


ISBN: 9781863957861
Published: 2015
Format: Paperback

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In Political Amnesia, Laura Tingle reveals a political culture suffering from profound memory loss. This is an essay about the role of government today that is part defence, part lament.

 

Blending present-day cases, examples from history and interviews with leading figures, Tingle shows the long-term harm that has come from undermining the public sector as a source of ideas and experience.

 

She shows the damage done when responsibility is outsourced: ‘Without the anchor of any sense of continuity, and without the anchor of a strong 'push-back’ against political whim, politics and policy have spun down into a series of reactions and counter-reactions which play out in vacuous daily news grabs and zingers.‘

 

The idea of institutional memory loss helps explain what has gone wrong with our politics. In Political Amnesia, Laura Tingle examines how it occurred and how we might put things right.

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