Glyn Davis

Glyn Davis

Glyn Davis is CEO of the Paul Ramsay Foundation, and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at ANU. Previously he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne (2005–18). His publications include The Australian Policy Handbook (Allen & Unwin, 2007) The Future of Australian Governance (Allen & Unwin, 2000), and Are You Being Served?: State, Citizens and Governance (Allen & Unwin, 2001). He gave the 2010 Boyer Lectures and has most recently published On Life’s Lottery (2021).

Glyn Davis reviews 'The Making of Modern Liberalism' by Alan Ryan

November 2012, no. 346 24 October 2012
Glyn Davis reviews 'The Making of Modern Liberalism' by Alan Ryan
In a famous essay on poetry, English philosopher Michael Oakeshott evoked the metaphor of conversation to describe how people share and discuss ideas. A conversation, suggested Oakeshott, allows a continuous discussion between past and present, between the thought of earlier generations and the pressing needs of the present. A conversation is not a search for truth or even facts, but an endless di ... (read more)

Gyln Davis reviews 'What Are Universities For?' by Stefan Collini

May 2012, no. 341 24 April 2012
Gyln Davis reviews 'What Are Universities For?' by Stefan Collini
What happens if we take seriously the metaphor of a marketplace of ideas? Philosopher John Armstrong and economist Carsten Murawski recently tested that question in an article on theconversation.edu.au, by exploring the implications of a market logic for higher education (20 March 2012).They argued that student choice would remodel the teaching and research agendas of our universities – not inst ... (read more)

Glyn Davis reviews 'Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating PM, Second Edition' by Don Watson

November 2011, no. 336 25 October 2011
Glyn Davis reviews 'Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating PM, Second Edition' by Don Watson
Don Watson sits low in his chair, shy and silent when faced with a group of university administrators gathered to hear him talk about management speak – those weasel words that Watson has hunted down with grim enthusiasm. He speaks hesitantly at first, struggling to recall examples of misleading expression, evasive phrases, dishonest communication. Soon the rhythm quickens. There is indignation ... (read more)

Glyn Davis reviews 'Newman’s Unquiet Grave: The Reluctant Saint' by John Cornwell

February 2011, no. 328 01 February 2011
Glyn Davis reviews 'Newman’s Unquiet Grave: The Reluctant Saint' by John Cornwell
In October 2010 Hugh Brady, president of University College Dublin, sent colleagues around the world a copy of The Idea of a University(1854)by Cardinal John Henry Newman. As Newman approached beatification, President Brady recalled that UCD is the successor institution to the Catholic University of Ireland, which welcomed Newman as its first rector in 1851. Not many university leaders can aspire ... (read more)
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