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New Book - Challenging the Orthodoxy: Reflections on Frank Stilwell's Contribution to Political Economy

5 December, 2013

Last April the Department of Political Economy held a conference to celebrate the contribution of its Emeritus Professor Frank Stilwell.  The speakers included an array of renowned heterodox economists and political activists from Australia and abroad.  The topics included various aspects of economic policy, approaches to teaching, income inequality and social justice, regions and cities, and environmental issues. 

We are delighted to announce that a collection of selected papers from the conference has just been published as a book by Springer (details below).   Among book’s authors are SSPS’s very own Gabrielle Meagher (Sociology and Social Policy), Gaynor Macdonald (Anthropology), and last, but not least, Frank Stilwell (Political Economy). 

A very limited supply of the book is available at the discounted price of AU$88 (includes GST and shipping).   The listed price on Amazon for this book is US$129 (does not including shipping).  The link for ordering a discounted copy of the book is:

(If you have trouble with the link, please touch base with Susan Schroeder at    

 Challenging the Orthodoxy Bookcover

Challenging the Orthodoxy: Reflections on Frank Stilwell's Contribution to Political Economy


Editors: Susan K. Schroeder and Lynne Chester

ISBN: 978-3-642-36120-3 (hb)

Release date: 25 November 2013

Springer (Heidelberg, Germany)

Political economy focuses on issues that are fundamental to individual and collective well-being and rests on the proposition that economic phenomena do not occur in isolation from social and political processes. One leading Australian political economist is Frank Stilwell. Highlights of his work include concerns with the creation and use of wealth, inequalities between rich and poor, the spatial implications of economic growth, and the tensions between economic growth and the environment. Stilwell has been especially prominent in developing alternative economic policies, with seminal contributions to understanding the radical shift in Australian economic and social policies since the early 1980s. He has also been a leader in the teaching of political economy to many cohorts of first-year university students. This collection, spanning these themes, honours Stilwell’s contribution to Australian political economy after more than 40 years teaching at the University of Sydney. The book provides not only an opportunity to appreciate his contribution but also a greater understanding of these themes which remain of crucial contemporary relevance. 

Contributing authors include:  Geoffrey Harcourt, John E. King, Jane Kelsey, Andrew Mearman, Gabrielle Meagher, Brendan Gleeson, Mark Diesendorf and Frank Stilwell