Program Leader: Associate Professor Wes WidmaierIn 2008, the onset of the Global Financial Crisis posed a shock to a prevailing consensus. Since then, political and economic shocks have continued to come - across the European debt crisis, the Chinese market swoon, the Brexit vote, the Trump election, and a more general softening of the Australian economy.
What was once a widespread consensus is increasingly falling sway to populist and nationalist counter-reactions.
To what extent have we seen this before? And what are the implications for the future of the global economy? This program focuses on the historical contexts, ideas and institutions, and interest groups and leaders that shape global economic possibilities - and evolving responses to moments of instability and crisis. Current projects include efforts addressing leadership and international organizations, the development of international tax and money laundering regimes, central banking and macroprudential reform, and comparative responses to the Global Financial Crisis -- from the sacking of Rudd to the rise of Trump.
The Centre and Program also host the lead editorship of Review of International Political Economy -- the leading academic journal devoted to the study of global economic affairs. RIPE is ranked with an Impact Factor of 2.414, for a rank of 7/86 (International Relations); 12/163 (Political Science); and 30/344 (Economics).
- 2016: Publication Release: The Despots' Guide to Wealth Management - On the International Campaign against Grand Corruption, Professor Jason Sharman
- The Conversation: Trump's Carrier coup reveals credibility between Twitter rhetoric and economic reality. 1 December 2016
- The Conversation: Timeline: Americans, the economy and elections. 9 November 2016.
- US Presidential Election: Issues in Perspective: Associate Professor Wes Widmaier joined Dr Tracey Arklay on the couch for Issues in Perspective to examine foreign policy and its impact and importance to the 8 November Presidential election. 27 October 2016. Watch the Youtube clip here.
- School of Government and International Relations Annual Distinguished Lecture, Professor Jason Sharman, 19 September 2016, 'The Despot's Guide to Wealth Management: On the International Campaign Against Grand Corruption'.Watch this lecture here.
- 2016: Publication Release: Economic Ideas in Political Time, Associate Professor Wesley Widmaier
The Conversation, It’s not just the economy, stupid; it’s whether the economy is fair, 29 August 2016.
- The Conversation: It's the End of the World as we Know it, 25 August 2016.
- 2015: Publication Release - The Politics of International Organizations - Views from insiders Edited by Patrick Weller, Xu Yi-chong
- The Conversation, Janet Yellen’s Goldilocks rate rise: lining up the politics and economics, 15 December 2015.
- The Conversation: Eurozone's Shared Identity: The Final Tragedy of the Greek Crisis, 1 July 2015, Dr Wes Widmaier. Also posted on the Machinery of Government Blog: 5 July 2015