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The Poor Relation: A History of Social Sciences in Australia by by Stuart Macintyre

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October 2010, no. 325

The Poor Relation: A History of Social Sciences in Australia by by Stuart Macintyre

Melbourne University Press, $49.99 pb, 402 pp, 9780522857757

The Poor Relation: A History of Social Sciences in Australia by by Stuart Macintyre

by
October 2010, no. 325

During the lead-up to the last United States presidential election, I found myself waiting for a train at the Princeton railway station with nothing to read. I picked up a copy of the student newspaper. Much of it was standard Bush bashing, intermingled with unrealistic expectations of what Obama might achieve. But one sentence in an editorial caught my eye: ‘It is time to end amateur hour at the White House.’ One of the great failings of George W. Bush’s presidency was the neglect of expert advice on the complex issues that faced America during his two terms. Ideology, prejudice and vested interests trumped properly informed judgements based on good research.

Frank Jackson reviews 'The Poor Relation' by Stuart Macintyre

The Poor Relation: A History of Social Sciences in Australia

by by Stuart Macintyre

Melbourne University Press, $49.99 pb, 402 pp, 9780522857757

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