Political Economy in Australian Universities
Please cite the paper as:
George Argyrous and Tim Thornton, (2013), Political Economy in Australian Universities, World Economics Association (WEA) Conferences, No. 2 2013, The economics curriculum: towards a radical reformation, 3rd May – 14th June 2013
This paper builds on a 2005 study that reviewed introductory political economy (heterodox economics) subjects throughout Australian universities. This paper surveys the teaching of political economy in general, with a particular focus on explaining where growth and decline has occurred. The paper also presents the results of a survey of staff who teach political economy, to assess their background and views on the state of Australian political economy teaching. One of the key findings of the survey work is that the work of Professor Frank Stilwell and his colleagues at the Department of Political Economy has been central to the development of Australian Political Economy and that this department seems to currently offer the most promising template for the development of political economy in Australian universities.