New developments: Recalibrating civil society—the case of Australia

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    This article offers an overview of recent attempts to reconfigure the relationship between state and civil society in Australia. The article offers five models of how state/civil society relations might play out under the Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberal government. These models include corporate, nostalgic, technological, neo-liberal, and the UK government’s Big Society variants. The article concludes that the Turnbull government’s approach to civic renewal is not innovative, and has reverted to a thin corporate model of state/civil society relations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)121-125
    Number of pages5
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2017


    • Australia, ‘Big Society’
    • civil society
    • Liberal party

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