Ressentiment in Australian policy debate

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International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change, 2014, 1 (3)
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This paper argues Australian policy debate is characterised by an unwarranted sense of dissatisfaction and grievance. The argument is illustrated with reference to key policy issues under debate in Australia at present. The concept of 'ressentiment' is used to show how the trend of focusing on perceptions of wrong and injury among policy protagonists may preclude crucial constraints from future policy discussion.
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