Emeritus Professor Frank Stilwell

BSc S'ton, PhD Reading, GradDip (Higher Education)

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 3063

Biographical details

Frank Stilwell is a well known critic of conventional economics and an advocate of alternative economic strategies which prioritise social justice and economic sustainability. He has taught for over 40 years at the University and twice been awarded the University's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Frank Stilwell's research interests centre on Australian economic policies, urban and regional development and economic inequality. He is the author of eleven books, including Economic Inequality, the Accord and Beyond, Understanding Cities and Regions, Reshaping Australia, Changing Track : a new political economic direction for Australia; Political Economy: the Contest of Economic Ideas, and Who Gets What? Analysing Economic Inequality in Australia (with Kirrly Jordan). He has also co-edited five other books, including Economics as a Social Science and Beyond the Market : Alternatives to Economic Rationalism.

Research interests

Associations

Frank Stilwell is co-ordinating editor of the Journal of Australian Political Economy, and is on the editorial boards of Regional Studies, Social Alternatives and Australian Options. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia

In the media

  • Stilwell, F. (2013) ‘Thank you, Hugh Stretton’, Australian Options, No 71, Summer.
  • Interview with Frank Stilwell (2013), World Economics Association Newsletter, Vol 3, No 1, February.
  • Stilwell, F. (2013) ‘Productivity in Question: an alternative view of economic progress’, Green: magazine of the Australian Greens, April.

Book reviews

  • Stilwell, F. (2013) ‘Making the World Safe for Capitalism’ by Christopher Doran, in Journal of Australian Political Economy, No 72, December (forthcoming).
  • Stilwell, F. (2012) ‘Double Entry: how the merchants of Venice shaped the modern world – and how their invention could make or break the planet’ by Jane Gleeson White, in Australian Options, No 72, Autumn.
  • Stilwell, F. (2012) ‘Accommodating Australians: Commonwealth Government involvement in housing’ by Patrick Troy, in Journal of Australian Political Economy, No 71, Winter.
  • Stilwell, F. (2012) ‘Employer Power and Weakness: how local and global factors have shaped Australia’s meat industry and its industrial relations’, in Journal of Australian Political Economy, No 71, Winter.
  • Stilwell, F. (2012) ‘Neoliberal Australia and US imperialism in Asia’ by Erik Paul, in Journal of Australian Political Economy, No 71, Winter.

Selected grants

2015

  • Industrial policies in the era of globalisation and financialisation; Chester L, Toner P, Stilwell F; Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia/Workshop Grant.

2005

  • Understanding SydneyS Changing Role As A Global City In The Australian Urban And Regional Network; O'Neill P, Stilwell F; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

1999

  • Restructuring Australias political economy: regional development and industry policy - Australias last chance; Stilwell F; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Strategic Partnerships with Industry - Research and Training (SPIRT).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Stilwell, F. (2012). Political Economy: the Contest of Economic Ideas (3rd edition). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Butler, G., Jones, E., Stilwell, F. (2009). Political Economy Now: The Struggle for Alternative Economics at the University of Sydney. Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Stilwell, F., Jordan, K. (2007). Who Gets What?: Analysing Economic Inequality in Australia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Stilwell, F. (2000). Changing Track: a New Political Economic Direction for Australia. Sydney: Pluto Press.
  • Stilwell, F. (1993). Economic inequality: who gets what in Australia. Sydney: Pluto Press.
  • Stilwell, F. (1993). Reshaping Australia: Urban Problems and Policies. Sydney: Pluto Press.
  • Stilwell, F. (1986). The Accord and Beyond: the Political Economy of the Labor Government. Sydney: Pluto Press.
  • Stilwell, F. (1980). Economic crisis, cities, and regions. Sydney: Pergamon Press.

Edited Books

  • Cahill, D., Edwards, L., Stilwell, F. (2012). Neoliberalism: Beyond the Free Market. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Argyrous, G., Stilwell, F. (2011). Readings in Political Economy: Economics as a Social Science. Prahran: Tilde University Press.
  • Rees, S., Rodley, G., Stilwell, F. (1993). Beyond the Market: Alternatives to Economic Rationalism. Sydney: Pluto Press.

Book Chapters

  • Stilwell, F. (2014). Political Economy: Past, Present, Prospects. In Susan K. Schroeder, Lynne Chester (Eds.), Challenging the Orthodoxy: Reflections on Frank Stilwells Contribution to Political Economy, (pp. 257-270). Berlin: Springer.
  • Edwards, L., Cahill, D., Stilwell, F. (2012). Introduction: understanding neoliberalism beyond the free market. In Damien Cahill, Lindy Edwards, Frank Stilwell (Eds.), Neoliberalism: Beyond the Free Market, (pp. 1-12). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Stilwell, F. (2012). Umwelt und Okologie. In B.Biedermann and H.Dieter (Eds.), Länderbericht Australien. Bonn: Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung.
  • Stilwell, F. (2012). What Role for Government in Creating Sustainability? In Joy Murray, Glenn Cawthorne, Christopher Dey, Chris Andrew (Eds.), Enough For All Forever: A Handbook For Learning About Sustainability, (pp. 85-97). Champaign, Illinois: Common Ground Publishing.
  • Stilwell, F. (2011). Economic Inequality. In Argyrous, G. and Stilwell, F (Eds.), Readings in Political Economy: Economics as a Social Science, (pp. 10-14). Prahran: Tilde University Press.
  • Stilwell, F. (2011). The State: Competing Perspectives. In Argyrous, G. and Stilwell, F (Eds.), Readings in Political Economy: Economics as a Social Science, (pp. 274-369). Prahran: Tilde University Press.
  • Stilwell, F., Primrose, D. (2009). The Distribution of Wealth in Australia. In Jo-anne Schofield (Eds.), Equality Speaks: Challenges for a Fair Society, (pp. 85-95). Sydney NSW: Catalyst Australia.
  • Stilwell, F., Jordan, K. (2008). Globalisation. In Peter W Newton (Eds.), Transitions: Pathways Towards Sustainable Urban Development in Australia, (pp. 91-101). Collingwood Australia: CSIRO Publishing.
  • Stilwell, F. (2006). Processes of Globalisation: The Generation of Wealth and Poverty. In Serr K (Eds.), Thinking about Poverty, (pp. 8-23). Sydney: The Federation Press.
  • Stilwell, F., Jordan, K. (2005). Land Tax in Australia: Principles, Problems and Policies. In Laurent, J. (Eds.), Henry Georges Legacy in Economic Thought, (pp. 216-242). UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Stilwell, F. (2003). Globalisation: driving forces and polical responses. What role for pensionfunds? In Tausch (Eds.), The Three Pillars of Wisdom? A Reader on Globalization, World Bank Pension Models and Welfare Society, (pp. 283-294). NY: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Stilwell, F. (2002). Globalisation, Employment and Economic Strategies. In Donald M. Lamberton (Eds.), Managing the Global: Globalisation, Employment and Quality of Life, (pp. 33-50). London, UK: I.B. Tauris.
  • Stilwell, F. (2000). The Accord: Contemporary Capitalist Contradictions. In Kenneth Wilson, Joanne Bradford, Maree Fitzpatrick (Eds.), Australia in Accord: An Evaluation of the Prices and Incomes Accord in the Hawke-Keating Years, (pp. 265-281). Footscary, Victoria: South Pacific Publishing.
  • Stilwell, F. (2000). Ways of Seeing: Competing Perspectives on Urban Problems and Policies. In Patrick Troy (Eds.), Equity, Environment, Efficiency: Ethics and Economics in Urban Australia, (pp. 13-37). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

Journals

  • Stilwell, F. (2014). Neoliberalism and the City: Economic Theory, Class Interests and Political Practices. Housing, Theory and Society, 31(1), 42-47. [More Information]
  • Elahi, K., Stilwell, F. (2013). Customary Land Tenure, Neoclassical Economics and Conceptual Bias. Nuigini Agrisayens, 5, 28-39.
  • Obeng-Odoom, F., Stilwell, F. (2013). Security of Tenure in International Development Discourse. International Development Planning Review, 35(4), 315-333. [More Information]
  • Stilwell, F. (2012). Teaching Political Economy: Making a Difference? Studies in Political Economy: a socialist review, 89, 147-163.
  • Cahill, D., Stilwell, F., Edwards, L. (2011). Contesting neoliberalism and its future. Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Dialogue, 31(2), 78-80.
  • Stilwell, F. (2011). Marketising the Environment. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 68, 108-127.
  • Stilwell, F., Primrose, D. (2010). Economic Stimulus and Restructuring: Infrastructure, Green Jobs and Spatial Impacts. Urban Policy and Research, 28(1), 5-25. [More Information]
  • Stilwell, F. (2010). The Political Economy: Challenge to Orthodoxy. Labour and Industry, 20(3), 331-343.
  • Spies-Butcher, B., Stilwell, F. (2009). Climate Change Policy and Economic Recession. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 63(-), 108-125.
  • Stilwell, F. (2009). The 'New Right' Were Wrong. Social Alternatives, 28(1), 7-11.
  • Pearce, A., Stilwell, F. (2008). 'Green Collar' Jobs: Employment Impacts of Climate Change Policies. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 62, 120-138.
  • Stilwell, F., Jordan, K., Pearce, A. (2008). Crises, interventions and profits: a political economic perspective. Global Change, Peace and Security, 20(3), 263-274. [More Information]
  • Stilwell, F. (2008). Key Economic Thinkers. Ecodate, , 5-7.
  • Cahill, D., Stilwell, F. (2008). The Australian Economic Boom 1992-? Journal of Australian Political Economy, 61, 5-11.
  • Stilwell, F., Paillas, S. (2006). A Region Back on the Rails? Passenger Rail and Regional Development on the NSW Far North Coast. Sustaining Regions, 5(3), 17-25.
  • Stilwell, F., Jefferis, C. (2006). Private Finance for Public Infrastructure: the case of Macquarie Bank. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 58, 44-61.
  • Stilwell, F. (2006). The Struggle for Political Economy at the University of Sydney. Review of Radical Political Economics, 38(4), 539-550.
  • Stilwell, F. (2005). The Changing City: An Australian Political Economic Perspective. Opolis: An International Journal of Suburban and Metropolitan Studies, 1(2), 1-16.
  • King, J., Stilwell, F. (2005). The Industrial Relations Reforms: An Introduction. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 56, 5-12.
  • Stilwell, F., Jordan, K. (2004). The Political Economy Of Land: Putting Henry George In His Place. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 54(0.5), 119-134.
  • Stilwell, F. (2003). Higher education, commercial criteria and economic incentives. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 25(1), 51-61.
  • Stilwell, F. (2003). Markets in merit.. or merit in markets? Australian Universities' Review, 46(1), 13-16.
  • Stilwell, F. (2003). Refugees in a region: Afghans in Young, NSW. Urban Policy and Research, 21(3), 235-248.
  • Stilwell, F., Ansari, M. (2003). Wealthy Australians. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 52, 143-157.
  • Stilwell, F. (2001). Globalisation: Where Do We Go From Here? NSW Public Health Bulletin, 12, 183-185.

Conferences

  • Stilwell, F. (2013). Socio-economic problems and tax reform. Conference of the Association for Good Government, Sydney: Association for Good Government.
  • Stilwell, F. (2013). Uneven Globalisation and its Discontents. Conference on Global Capitalism in Asia and Oceania, Brisbane: Griffith University.
  • Stilwell, F. (2013). What are our Political Economic Prospects? Economic Austerity or a Fair and Sustainable Future. Conference of Australian Options, Adelaide: University Of South Australia.
  • Stilwell, F. (2010). Selling the environment in order to save it? Markets and transition to a sustainable economy. 9th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference SHE 2010, Sydney, Australia: Society of Heterodox Economists.
  • Stilwell, F., Primrose, D. (2009). Economic stimulus and restructuring: Infrastructure, green jobs and spatial impacts. 8th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference SHE 2009, Australia: Society of Heterodox Economists.
  • Stilwell, F. (2008). Selling the environment in order to save it? 7th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference SHE 2008, Sydney: Society of Heterodox Economists.
  • Kamvounias, P., Stilwell, F., Mladenovic, R., Bell, A. (2005). Scholarship Index success in the Faculty of Economics and Business: bringing research and teaching together.
  • Stilwell, F. (2005). Teaching political economy: Curriculum and pedagogy. Eleventh Australasian Teaching Economics Conference (ATEC11): Innovation for Student Engagement in Economics, Sydney, Australia: School of Economics and Political Science, University of Sydney.

2014

  • Stilwell, F. (2014). Neoliberalism and the City: Economic Theory, Class Interests and Political Practices. Housing, Theory and Society, 31(1), 42-47. [More Information]
  • Stilwell, F. (2014). Political Economy: Past, Present, Prospects. In Susan K. Schroeder, Lynne Chester (Eds.), Challenging the Orthodoxy: Reflections on Frank Stilwells Contribution to Political Economy, (pp. 257-270). Berlin: Springer.

2013

  • Elahi, K., Stilwell, F. (2013). Customary Land Tenure, Neoclassical Economics and Conceptual Bias. Nuigini Agrisayens, 5, 28-39.
  • Obeng-Odoom, F., Stilwell, F. (2013). Security of Tenure in International Development Discourse. International Development Planning Review, 35(4), 315-333. [More Information]
  • Stilwell, F. (2013). Socio-economic problems and tax reform. Conference of the Association for Good Government, Sydney: Association for Good Government.
  • Stilwell, F. (2013). Uneven Globalisation and its Discontents. Conference on Global Capitalism in Asia and Oceania, Brisbane: Griffith University.
  • Stilwell, F. (2013). What are our Political Economic Prospects? Economic Austerity or a Fair and Sustainable Future. Conference of Australian Options, Adelaide: University Of South Australia.

2012

  • Edwards, L., Cahill, D., Stilwell, F. (2012). Introduction: understanding neoliberalism beyond the free market. In Damien Cahill, Lindy Edwards, Frank Stilwell (Eds.), Neoliberalism: Beyond the Free Market, (pp. 1-12). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Cahill, D., Edwards, L., Stilwell, F. (2012). Neoliberalism: Beyond the Free Market. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Stilwell, F. (2012). Political Economy: the Contest of Economic Ideas (3rd edition). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Stilwell, F. (2012). Teaching Political Economy: Making a Difference? Studies in Political Economy: a socialist review, 89, 147-163.
  • Stilwell, F. (2012). Umwelt und Okologie. In B.Biedermann and H.Dieter (Eds.), Länderbericht Australien. Bonn: Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung.
  • Stilwell, F. (2012). What Role for Government in Creating Sustainability? In Joy Murray, Glenn Cawthorne, Christopher Dey, Chris Andrew (Eds.), Enough For All Forever: A Handbook For Learning About Sustainability, (pp. 85-97). Champaign, Illinois: Common Ground Publishing.

2011

  • Cahill, D., Stilwell, F., Edwards, L. (2011). Contesting neoliberalism and its future. Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Dialogue, 31(2), 78-80.
  • Stilwell, F. (2011). Economic Inequality. In Argyrous, G. and Stilwell, F (Eds.), Readings in Political Economy: Economics as a Social Science, (pp. 10-14). Prahran: Tilde University Press.
  • Stilwell, F. (2011). Marketising the Environment. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 68, 108-127.
  • Argyrous, G., Stilwell, F. (2011). Readings in Political Economy: Economics as a Social Science. Prahran: Tilde University Press.
  • Stilwell, F. (2011). The State: Competing Perspectives. In Argyrous, G. and Stilwell, F (Eds.), Readings in Political Economy: Economics as a Social Science, (pp. 274-369). Prahran: Tilde University Press.

2010

  • Stilwell, F., Primrose, D. (2010). Economic Stimulus and Restructuring: Infrastructure, Green Jobs and Spatial Impacts. Urban Policy and Research, 28(1), 5-25. [More Information]
  • Stilwell, F. (2010). Selling the environment in order to save it? Markets and transition to a sustainable economy. 9th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference SHE 2010, Sydney, Australia: Society of Heterodox Economists.
  • Stilwell, F. (2010). The Political Economy: Challenge to Orthodoxy. Labour and Industry, 20(3), 331-343.

2009

  • Spies-Butcher, B., Stilwell, F. (2009). Climate Change Policy and Economic Recession. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 63(-), 108-125.
  • Stilwell, F., Primrose, D. (2009). Economic stimulus and restructuring: Infrastructure, green jobs and spatial impacts. 8th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference SHE 2009, Australia: Society of Heterodox Economists.
  • Butler, G., Jones, E., Stilwell, F. (2009). Political Economy Now: The Struggle for Alternative Economics at the University of Sydney. Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Stilwell, F. (2009). The 'New Right' Were Wrong. Social Alternatives, 28(1), 7-11.
  • Stilwell, F., Primrose, D. (2009). The Distribution of Wealth in Australia. In Jo-anne Schofield (Eds.), Equality Speaks: Challenges for a Fair Society, (pp. 85-95). Sydney NSW: Catalyst Australia.

2008

  • Pearce, A., Stilwell, F. (2008). 'Green Collar' Jobs: Employment Impacts of Climate Change Policies. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 62, 120-138.
  • Stilwell, F., Jordan, K., Pearce, A. (2008). Crises, interventions and profits: a political economic perspective. Global Change, Peace and Security, 20(3), 263-274. [More Information]
  • Stilwell, F., Jordan, K. (2008). Globalisation. In Peter W Newton (Eds.), Transitions: Pathways Towards Sustainable Urban Development in Australia, (pp. 91-101). Collingwood Australia: CSIRO Publishing.
  • Stilwell, F. (2008). Key Economic Thinkers. Ecodate, , 5-7.
  • Stilwell, F. (2008). Selling the environment in order to save it? 7th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference SHE 2008, Sydney: Society of Heterodox Economists.
  • Cahill, D., Stilwell, F. (2008). The Australian Economic Boom 1992-? Journal of Australian Political Economy, 61, 5-11.

2007

  • Stilwell, F., Jordan, K. (2007). Who Gets What?: Analysing Economic Inequality in Australia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2006

  • Stilwell, F., Paillas, S. (2006). A Region Back on the Rails? Passenger Rail and Regional Development on the NSW Far North Coast. Sustaining Regions, 5(3), 17-25.
  • Stilwell, F., Jefferis, C. (2006). Private Finance for Public Infrastructure: the case of Macquarie Bank. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 58, 44-61.
  • Stilwell, F. (2006). Processes of Globalisation: The Generation of Wealth and Poverty. In Serr K (Eds.), Thinking about Poverty, (pp. 8-23). Sydney: The Federation Press.
  • Stilwell, F. (2006). The Struggle for Political Economy at the University of Sydney. Review of Radical Political Economics, 38(4), 539-550.

2005

  • Stilwell, F., Jordan, K. (2005). Land Tax in Australia: Principles, Problems and Policies. In Laurent, J. (Eds.), Henry Georges Legacy in Economic Thought, (pp. 216-242). UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Kamvounias, P., Stilwell, F., Mladenovic, R., Bell, A. (2005). Scholarship Index success in the Faculty of Economics and Business: bringing research and teaching together.
  • Stilwell, F. (2005). Teaching political economy: Curriculum and pedagogy. Eleventh Australasian Teaching Economics Conference (ATEC11): Innovation for Student Engagement in Economics, Sydney, Australia: School of Economics and Political Science, University of Sydney.
  • Stilwell, F. (2005). The Changing City: An Australian Political Economic Perspective. Opolis: An International Journal of Suburban and Metropolitan Studies, 1(2), 1-16.
  • King, J., Stilwell, F. (2005). The Industrial Relations Reforms: An Introduction. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 56, 5-12.

2004

  • Stilwell, F., Jordan, K. (2004). The Political Economy Of Land: Putting Henry George In His Place. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 54(0.5), 119-134.

2003

  • Stilwell, F. (2003). Globalisation: driving forces and polical responses. What role for pensionfunds? In Tausch (Eds.), The Three Pillars of Wisdom? A Reader on Globalization, World Bank Pension Models and Welfare Society, (pp. 283-294). NY: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Stilwell, F. (2003). Higher education, commercial criteria and economic incentives. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 25(1), 51-61.
  • Stilwell, F. (2003). Markets in merit.. or merit in markets? Australian Universities' Review, 46(1), 13-16.
  • Stilwell, F. (2003). Refugees in a region: Afghans in Young, NSW. Urban Policy and Research, 21(3), 235-248.
  • Stilwell, F., Ansari, M. (2003). Wealthy Australians. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 52, 143-157.

2002

  • Stilwell, F. (2002). Globalisation, Employment and Economic Strategies. In Donald M. Lamberton (Eds.), Managing the Global: Globalisation, Employment and Quality of Life, (pp. 33-50). London, UK: I.B. Tauris.

2001

  • Stilwell, F. (2001). Globalisation: Where Do We Go From Here? NSW Public Health Bulletin, 12, 183-185.

2000

  • Stilwell, F. (2000). Changing Track: a New Political Economic Direction for Australia. Sydney: Pluto Press.
  • Stilwell, F. (2000). The Accord: Contemporary Capitalist Contradictions. In Kenneth Wilson, Joanne Bradford, Maree Fitzpatrick (Eds.), Australia in Accord: An Evaluation of the Prices and Incomes Accord in the Hawke-Keating Years, (pp. 265-281). Footscary, Victoria: South Pacific Publishing.
  • Stilwell, F. (2000). Ways of Seeing: Competing Perspectives on Urban Problems and Policies. In Patrick Troy (Eds.), Equity, Environment, Efficiency: Ethics and Economics in Urban Australia, (pp. 13-37). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

1993

  • Rees, S., Rodley, G., Stilwell, F. (1993). Beyond the Market: Alternatives to Economic Rationalism. Sydney: Pluto Press.
  • Stilwell, F. (1993). Economic inequality: who gets what in Australia. Sydney: Pluto Press.
  • Stilwell, F. (1993). Reshaping Australia: Urban Problems and Policies. Sydney: Pluto Press.

1986

  • Stilwell, F. (1986). The Accord and Beyond: the Political Economy of the Labor Government. Sydney: Pluto Press.

1980

  • Stilwell, F. (1980). Economic crisis, cities, and regions. Sydney: Pergamon Press.

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