Harvey Franklin, of Victoria University of Wellington's geography department, gained an international reputation for his work in human geography, in particular his studies of social and economic systems and structures. His books Trade, growth and anxiety (1978) and Cul de sac (1985) were strongly critical of New Zealand's 'myth of egalitarianism' and of the prevailing economic and welfare systems. Franklin's books were controversial at the time they were released, but foreshadowed the economic and social changes of the late 1980s and the 1990s.
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