Economic ideas and competition between autocracy and democracy

Economic ideas and competition between autocracy and democracy

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Join us at a Fred Gruen public lecture.

About this event

Refreshments will be provided after the public lecture.

Hear economist Professor Ross Garnaut AC discuss the global evolution of economic policy and its impact on Australia today.

People and ideas from the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Central Europe in the early twentieth century were highly influential in shaping economic policy in the United States and United Kingdom late in the century. Such policies favoured unconstrained market exchange and have been deeply problematic in practice. In postwar Australia, refugees from Germanic Central Europe had a different impact, strengthening liberal social democratic thought about policy, with much better outcomes.

Ross will discuss Australia’s economic policy and outcomes relative to other developed countries over these periods. He will draw lessons for post-pandemic policy in a future challenged by climate change, massive public debt, international stagflation and the weakening of democratic institutions.

About our presenter

Professor Ross Garnaut AC

Ross is an Emeritus Professor in Economics at The Australian National University and an Emeritus Professor in Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne. Over the past fifty years, he has had many senior roles in business and as a policy advisor and diplomat. Ross was the senior economic policy official in Papua New Guinea’s Department of Finance in the years straddling Independence in 1975, principal economic adviser to Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke from 1983 to1985, and Australian Ambassador to China from 1985 to 1988. He was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2017 for work on climate change and energy, and an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1993 for services to education and international relations.

He is the author of numerous publications in scholarly journals on international economics, public finance and economic development, particularly in relation to East Asia and the Southwest Pacific. His recent books include Superpower: Australia’s low carbon opportunity, Black Inc. (2019) and RESET: Restoring Australia after the Pandemic Recession (2021).

Ross is a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Economic Society, Distinguished Life Member of the Australian Agricultural and Resources Economics Society, Fellow of the Australia Academy of Social Sciences and Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

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