Review of ‘Power Failure: The Inside Story of Climate Politics Under Rudd and Gillard’

Philip Chubb – Head of Journalism in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University – recently published a new book on climate policy and politics in Australia entitled Power Failure: The Inside Story of Climate Politics Under Rudd and Gillard. In Power Failure he seeks to understand “what really happened inside the …

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Causality for beginners

Influential ‘realist’ social scientist Ray Pawson has developed a handy, draft guide to causal explanation called ‘Causality for beginners’, which examines causality and the conduct of social research. He compares and contrasts three strategies: Successionists who examine the associations between variables, especially the outcome/effect variable (the ‘dependent variable’ [Y]) and other explanatory variables (the ‘independent …

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