Journal of Australian Political Economy

Articles from No. 72, Summer

Adele Ferguson: Gina Rinehart: The Untold Story of the Richest Woman in the World
Adele Ferguson Gina Rinehart: the Untold Story of the Richest Woman in the World, Sydney: Pan Macmillan, 2012, pp. 490, rrp. $34.99. By any count, with investment peaking at more than $100 billion in 2011, the mining industry has been important...
Anthony Van Fossen: Tax Havens and Sovereignty in the Pacific Islands
Anthony van Fossen Tax Havens and Sovereignty in the Pacific Islands University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, 2012, pp. 411, $21. Contrary to popular perceptions, the small island states of the Pacific are not just 'local' economies with...
Australia's 'Two-Speed Economy'
The global economy, and particularly the advanced industrial nations, experienced one of the largest downturns in modern history with the onset of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) in 2008-2009. In contrast, the Australian economy fared relatively...
Caner Bakir: Bank Behaviour and Resilience: The Effect of Structures, Institutions and Agents
Caner Bakir Bank Behaviour and Resilience: the Effect of Structures, Institutions and Agents Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2013, pp. 214, $109. Lina Rethel & Timothy J. Sinclair The Problem with Banks Zed Books, London, 2012,...
Christopher Doran: Making the World Safe for Capitalism: How Iraq Threatened the US Economic Empire and Had to Be Destroyed
Christopher Doran Making the World Safe for Capitalism: How Iraq threatened the US Economic Empire and had to be Destroyed. Pluto Press, London, 2012, pp. 288, $30. When the USA led the invasion of Iraq in 2003, world opinion was divided....
Costas Panayotakis: Remaking Scarcity: From Capitalist Economic Inefficiency to Economic Democracy
Costas Panayotakis Remaking Scarcity: From Capitalist Economic Inefficiency to Economic Democracy Pluto Press, London, 2011, pp. 209, $44 This book deserves to be better known. It challenges capitalism on the grounds of its proponents--the...
Eckhard Hein: The Macroeconomics of Finance-Dominated Capitalism-And Its Crisis
Eckhard Hein The Macroeconomics of Finance-Dominated Capitalism--and its Crisis Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2012, pp. 232, $33.60. Eckhard Hein is a Professor of Economics at the Berlin School of Economics and Law and a Research Associate of...
Frederic Lee and Wolfram Elsner (Eds): Evaluating Economic Research in a Contested Discipline
Frederic Lee and Wolfram Elsner (eds) Evaluating Economic Research in a Contested Discipline Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, 2010, pp. 314, $37. That university economics departments are biased towards a very limited range of theoretical perspectives...
Humphrey McQueen: We Built This Country: Builders' Labourers and Their Unions 1787 to the Future
Humphrey McQueen We Built this Country: Builders' Labourers and their Unions 1787 to the Future Ginninderra Press, Adelaide, 2011, pp. 362, $30. During the last half century, Humphrey McQueen has turned his perceptive eye and distinctive analysis...
J.K. Gibson-Graham, J. Cameron and S. Healy: Take Back the Economy: An Ethical Guide for Transforming Our Communities
J.K. Gibson-Graham, J. Cameron and S. Healy Take Back the Economy: An Ethical Guide for Transforming our Communities University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2013, pp. 222, $25 Previous publications by J.K.Gibson-Graham have challenged...
Lindy Edwards: The Passion of Politics: The Role of Ideology and Political Theory in Australia
Lindy Edwards The Passion of Politics: The Role of Ideology and Political Theory in Australia Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2013, pp. 244, $35 Lindy Edwards has written an accessible introduction to political ideologies and Australian political...
Political Economy in Greater Western Sydney
A 2012 national survey of the economics curriculum in Australia noted that there were two centres of economics teaching that are explicitly and significantly pluralist. The first is the Political Economy program at the University of Sydney. The second...
Richard Tomlinson (Ed): Australia's Unintended Cities: The Impact of Housing on Urban Development
Richard Tomlinson (ed) Australia's Unintended Cities: the Impact of Housing on Urban Development CSIRO publishing, Melbourne, 2012, pp. 194, $89.95. David Harvey Rebel Cities: from the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution Verso,...
The Rise of Illegitimate Authority and the Threat to Democracy
Let me first present my warm thanks to the University of Sydney, the Political Economy Department and especially to Frank Stilwell for inviting me to present this year's Ted Wheelwright Memorial Lecture. It's a great honour for me to speak in homage...
The Urban Revolution That Isn't: The Political Ecology of the New 'Urbanology'
The Industrial Revolution, including the ascendance of computer technology, has remade essential elements of human culture and relocated human life. In 1800, when James Watt's patent for his steam engine was only 25 years old, only 3% of the human...
The Will-O'-the-Wisp of the Transnational State
The role of the state in the global political economy or the relationship between the inter-state system and globalisation has been the focus of scholarly debate for some time. Within mainstream International Relations (IR) and International Political...
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