Dr Gavan Butler

MAgrSc Melb. PhD Calif.

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 5117

Biographical details

Dr Butler is one of the founders of the innovative program in Political Economy which began within the Discipline in 1975. He has been on the editorial committee of the Journal of Australian Political Economy published within the Department, since its first appearance in 1977 and has contributed to the Encyclopedia of Political Economy published in the UK and the USA in 1999. Dr Butler was re-elected in 1997, 1999 and 2001 by the academic staff of the University as a member of the Senate of the University and previously served for many years as a staff-elected member of the Academic Board.

Dr Butler’s primary research interest has been in the development of the state, economic policy and human resource development in the countries of Southeast Asia. He has had a long association with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore and with academics and organisations in the region. He was invited to teach in the English-language Bachelor of Economics program at Thammasat University in Thailand in 1999 and has continued to do so until the present time.

Research interests

  • Theories of Political Economy
  • Economic development
  • Higher education
  • Human resource development
  • State and economy in southeast Asia
  • State formation and industry policy

Selected publications

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Books

  • Butler, G., Jones, E., Stilwell, F. (2009). Political Economy Now: The Struggle for Alternative Economics at the University of Sydney. Australia: Sydney University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Toner, P., Butler, G. (2009). Cumulative causation and Northeast Asian post-war industry policy. In Sebastian Berger (Eds.), The Foundations of Non-Equilibrium Economics: The principle of circular and cumulative causation, (pp. 43-64). New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis. [More Information]

Journals

  • Butler, G. (2015). Political Economy, Negotiations, Power and Empowerment. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 2015 (75), 99-114.
  • Butler, G. (2007). Higher Education :Its Evolution and Present Trend. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 60(December), 28-53.
  • Butler, G., Natsuda, K. (2005). Building Institutional Capacity in Southeast Asia: Regional Governed Indepence. Asean Economic Bulletin, 22(3), 331-339.
  • Butler, G., Toner, P. (2004). Some Reflections On Governing The Market. Issues and Studies: an international quarterly on China, Taiwan, and East Asian affairs, 40(1), 81-102.
  • Butler, G. (2002). Beyond Eclecticism: A Surplus-Orientated Approach to Political Economy. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 50, 89-97.
  • Butler, G. (2001). Notes to aid Discussion of the Appropriate mix of Funding of Australias Public Universities. The Drawing Board: An Australian Review of Public Affairs, 1, 87-101.

2015

  • Butler, G. (2015). Political Economy, Negotiations, Power and Empowerment. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 2015 (75), 99-114.

2009

  • Toner, P., Butler, G. (2009). Cumulative causation and Northeast Asian post-war industry policy. In Sebastian Berger (Eds.), The Foundations of Non-Equilibrium Economics: The principle of circular and cumulative causation, (pp. 43-64). New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis. [More Information]
  • Butler, G., Jones, E., Stilwell, F. (2009). Political Economy Now: The Struggle for Alternative Economics at the University of Sydney. Australia: Sydney University Press.

2007

  • Butler, G. (2007). Higher Education :Its Evolution and Present Trend. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 60(December), 28-53.

2005

  • Butler, G., Natsuda, K. (2005). Building Institutional Capacity in Southeast Asia: Regional Governed Indepence. Asean Economic Bulletin, 22(3), 331-339.

2004

  • Butler, G., Toner, P. (2004). Some Reflections On Governing The Market. Issues and Studies: an international quarterly on China, Taiwan, and East Asian affairs, 40(1), 81-102.

2002

  • Butler, G. (2002). Beyond Eclecticism: A Surplus-Orientated Approach to Political Economy. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 50, 89-97.

2001

  • Butler, G. (2001). Notes to aid Discussion of the Appropriate mix of Funding of Australias Public Universities. The Drawing Board: An Australian Review of Public Affairs, 1, 87-101.

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