It is often asserted that the ruling elite in Western capitalist economies now consists of liberal intellectuals and their media sympathisers. By contrast this book looks at the real elite in Australian and New Zealand society and shows that there is still a ruling class based upon economic dominance. From an analysis of corporate and public records, interviews, and other primary and secondary data, it develops a picture of networks of power that are changing but are as real as any network in the past.
About the Author
Dr Georgina Murray is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts, Media and Culture at Griffith University, Australia. She has taught political and social theory variously in Australia, New Zealand, China and Norway. She writes extensively and critically about New Zealand and Australian society and also has areas of research interest in feminist politics, legal professions and more recently women and mining communities.
Table of ContentsContents: What ruling class?; The history of the Australian and New Zealand ruling classes; What do the Australian and New Zealand ruling classes look like today?; Australian networks of power; The New Zealand interlocks of power; Think tanks, corporate collectivity and the reproduction of ruling ideas; Gender and the ruling classes; Back to the future; Bibliography; Index.