'Since retiring as Premier of Western Australia in 2006, Geoff Gallop has returned to his pre-political career as an academic.
'In the role of public intellectual — his post-political thinking — he has focused on matters of the self in society: of contemporary politics, pragmatics, fundamentalism, fairness, and the meaning and importance of well-being for public policy and the person.
'From the international, to the national, and down to the individual, Gallop brings a measured voice to debates that are universal, relevant and personal.
'Gathered from public speeches and newspaper columns, along with new essays, the chapters include: "The World Today", "Putting the Public Sector to Work", "Rights and Responsibilities" and "A Fair Society".' (From the publisher's website.)