John Howard, Economic Liberalism, Social Conservatism, and Australian Federalism
Article first published online: 26 FEB 2008
2008 The Author.
Australian Journal of Politics & History
Volume 54, Issue 1, pages 85–103, March 2008
How to Cite
Hollander, R. (2008), John Howard, Economic Liberalism, Social Conservatism, and Australian Federalism. Australian Journal of Politics & History, 54: 85–103. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8497.2008.00486.x
- Issue published online: 26 FEB 2008
- Article first published online: 26 FEB 2008
The Howard era saw a further accumulation of power in Canberra and continued the marginalisation of the States. This essay locates John Howard within Liberal Party tradition and examines the way in which his own values shaped his approach to federalism. Howard identified himself as an economic liberal and as a social conservative (although he might be better thought of as a social liberal.) His commitment to small government and a single market unimpeded by state borders together with his lack of sympathy with regional identity had important consequences for the evolution of the Australian federation after 1996.