Liberals and Power: The road ahead by Peter van Onselen

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February 2009, no. 308
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Norman Abjorensen reviews 'Liberals and Power: The road ahead' edited by Peter van Onselen

Liberals and Power: The road ahead

by Peter van Onselen

MUP, $36.99 pb, 280 pp

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Liberals and Power: The road ahead by Peter van Onselen

Reviewed by
February 2009, no. 308

Australian conservatism, for all its political dominance, is little understood and has been studied by surprisingly few scholars. The very industrious and perceptive Peter van Onselen is almost single-handedly determined to correct this imbalance. He has brought together a timely collection of essays on the Liberal Party and its future, coinciding with yet another term in unaccustomed opposition, an experience invariably chastising for the conservatives. The immediate predecessors to the modern-day Liberal Party on the non-Labor side of politics disintegrated on losing office, and the Liberal Party’s own spells in opposition have been periods of both blood-letting and soul searching. There is a happy focus (for the Liberal Party, at least) on the latter in this necessarily mixed bag.

Norman Abjorensen reviews 'Liberals and Power: The road ahead' edited by Peter van Onselen

Liberals and Power: The road ahead

by Peter van Onselen

MUP, $36.99 pb, 280 pp

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