Journal of Australian Political Economy

Articles from No. 78, Summer

Anne Haila: Urban Land Rent: Singapore as a Property State
Anne Haila Urban Land Rent: Singapore as a Property State Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, 2015, pp. 304, paperback edition, $44.95. In development studies, Singapore is often cited as a shining example of how adopting a culture of hard work and...
Edward O'Donnell: Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality
Edward O'Donnell Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality Columbia University Press, New York, 2015, pp. 376, paperback edition, $35. During the Gilded Age of the 19th Century, Henry George was a household name in political economic analysis...
Hiding Neoliberal Coal Behind the Indian Poor
The opening up of extensive coal reserves in Central Queensland's Galilee Basin for mining and export has been strongly criticised for environmental and social reasons that will be felt for generations to come. If the proposed mines go ahead, it can...
Is China Reaching the Lewis Turning Point? Agricultural Prices, Rural-Urban Migration and the Labour Share
The market transition process has resulted in a deep transformation of the pattern of income distribution in China. According to a recent review by Xie and Zhou (2014) 'Gini coefficient in China was around 0.30 in 1980, but by 2012 it had nearly doubled...
The IMF and a New Global Politics of Inequality?
This paper addresses a simple, and largely empirical, research question: is the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) recent high level commitment to reducing inequality translated into concrete action in its dealings with member states? Addressing this...
The Impact of the 2008/9 Crisis on Inequality and Poverty in Southern Europe: The Case of Spain
The issue of global economic inequality has increasingly drawn the attention of scholars (Atkinson 2000; Lapavitsas, 2012; Milanovic 2005; Piketty 2014; Sala i Martin 2006; Stiglitz 2012), NGOs (FOESSA 2014; OXFAM 2014, 2015), and international institutions...
'The Wretched of the Earth'
The 'Wretched of the Earth' are neglected in our 'compartmentalised world'. The volume of publications on inequality has increased five-fold since 1992, but many of these focus on the top one per cent of households located in the Global North (International...
Tim Di Muzio: The 1% and the Rest of Us: A Political Economy of Dominant Ownership
Tim Di Muzio The 1% and the Rest of Us: A Political Economy of Dominant Ownership Zed Books, London, 2015, pp. 248, paperback edition, $24.95. This is a fascinating read on the political economy of the world's tiny, super-rich minority and...
To Be Free and Fair? Debating Fair Trade's Shifting Response to Global Inequality
Fair trade, a concept that was pioneered by alternative trade activists and organisations opposed to the workings of the conventional trading system, has moved from the margins to active exchange in, and indeed reliance on, the mainstream market. With...
Tom Barnes: Informal Labour in Urban India-Three Cities, Three Journeys
Tom Barnes Informal Labour in Urban India--Three Cities, Three Journeys Routledge, London and New York, 2015, pp. 202, hardback edition, $170. The Indian labour market is predominated by informal employment, with more than 90 per cent of informal...
Violence, Inequality and Development
Inequality is the watchword associated with development these days. Throughout the Global South the burgeoning literature on growing inequality is testimony to the profound social impacts that 'development' is having on people's lives and their environments....
Why Emphasise Economic Inequality in Development?
Mainstream economic analysis has rested on the general assumption that increased production and consumption will improve people's well-being. At first sight, this expectation seems reasonable, particularly in countries where material poverty is widespread....
Yanis Varoufakis on Global Imbalances
Yanis Varoufakis The Global Minotaur: America, Europe and the Future of the Global Economy, Zed Books, London, 2015, pp. 280, paperback edition, $28.95. Yanis Varoufakis And the Weak Suffer What They Must? Europe, Austerity and the Threat...
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