The Seven Dwarfs and the Age of the Mandarins
This book, and the conference that preceded it, was made possible by the generous support of several organisations, including the Public Policy Institute at the Australian Catholic University, the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, the Economic Society of Australia, and the Museum of Australian Democracy. Convened by the National Centre of Biography at The Australian National University, the conference received funding from the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, and the Research School of Social Sciences.
The editor wishes to thank several people for their contribution to the book. John Nethercote played a crucial role in assembling a group of talented speakers for the conference, and his expertise has shaped the book in various other ways. Christine Fernon and Karen Ciuffetelli, from the National Centre of Biography, contributed greatly to the successful organisation of the conference. I would like to thank the editorial board of the ANU.Lives Series and the three anonymous reviewers for their helpful suggestions regarding the draft manuscript. I am also indebted to Geoff Hunt for his precise copyediting, and to the team at ANU Press for design and production. Finally, I would like to thank the contributors, who have provided a diverse and fascinating range of informative and well-researched essays.