What is the state for?

‘A good society is one characterised by a collective concern with social justice and a capacity to act in pursuit of that objective. That this case even has to be made is symptomatic of the pervasive influence of neoliberalism during the last two decades, subordinating the concern with economic inequality to narrower concerns with economic efficiency and growth, and casting doubt on the capacity of the state to act in pursuit of common goals.’ Frank Stilwell & Kirrily Jordan, Who Gets What? Analysing Economic Inequality in Australia (2007)

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