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Mark Triffitt

Mark Triffitt

Mark Triffitt lectures in public policy at the Melbourne School of Government, University of Melbourne, He is a former political journalist and senior political adviser. He is the previous Director of Strategic Communications for the Business Council of Australia and the Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs for Wesfarmers Ltd.

Mark Triffitt reviews 'Australia's Second Chance: What our history tells us about our future' and 'Balancing Act: Australia between recession and renewal' (Quarterly Essay 61) by George Megalogenis

May 2016, no. 381 22 April 2016
Compared to the epic narratives of America and Europe, our story can seem rather unglamorous. Australia's 'tyranny of distance' from the seismic events of world history induces a vague sense that Australians labour under a certain tyranny of irrelevance. Perhaps we don't look hard enough to appreciate what is unique about our past. Or is is that our innate sense of inferiority tripwires us to sell ... (read more)

Mark Triffitt reviews 'Inequality' by Anthony B. Atkinson

October 2015, no. 375 29 September 2015
If free markets promote themselves as the most effective and efficient way of creating and sharing prosperity, then growing inequality has emerged as one of their deepest failings in the early part of this century. After all, how ‘effective’ is having ninety-nine per cent of the world’s wealth go to less than one per cent of its population? Is it ‘efficient’to allow the gap between the r ... (read more)

Mark Triffitt reviews 'Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the globalisation of democracy' by Francis Fukuyama

January-February 2015, no. 368 01 January 2015
Forget the cliché about a week being a long time in politics. Two decades in this super-speed, globalised age is more than enough time, it seems, for even the ‘best’ political system to go pear-shaped. A growing number of books in recent times have focused on the current travails of Western-style liberal democracy. Its litany of dysfunctions includes corrosive money politics, policy gridlock ... (read more)

Mark Triffit reviews 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century' by Thomas Piketty

August 2014, no. 363 01 August 2014
Just over twenty years ago, an academic tome captured the West’s imagination. The End of History and the Last Man (1992) by Francis Fukuyama followed fast on the heels of the collapse of communism. Giving voice to the triumphalism and hope of the times, it became an immediate bestseller. History, Fukuyama argued, was over. This was because the West had won the long ideological battle over which ... (read more)