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Politics, Society, Self: Occasional Writings

Geoff Gallop

Since retiring as Premier of Western Australia in 2006, Geoff Gallop has returned to his pre-political career as an academic.

In the role of public intellectual — his post-political thinking — he has focused on matters of the self in society: of contemporary politics, pragmatics, fundamentalism, fairness, and the meaning and importance of well-being for public policy and the person.

From the international, to the national, and down to the individual, Gallop brings a measured voice to debates that are universal, relevant and personal.

Gathered from public speeches and newspaper columns, along with new essays, the chapters include: ‘The World Today’, ‘Putting the Public Sector to Work’, ‘Rights and Responsibilities’ and ‘A Fair Society’.

Geoff Gallop


Geoff Gallop was the Premier of Western Australia from 2001 to 2006 and is currently the Director of the Graduate School of Government at the University of Sydney.

As Premier, he oversaw a range of ...

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Praise for Politics, Society, Self:

He [Gallop] is honest not only about himself but about how government should work. It is clear from reading this book that he has an abiding belief in the ability of government and the public service to effect positive change.

— The Canberra Times

This is a book of straight thinking and talking that would be invaluable for anyone working in politics, mental health or community wellbeing.

— Bonzer!




Paperback, 234 x 153mm
333 pages





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