[Iag-list] CFP IAG 2019: Australia’s Political-Economic Futures: Towards or Against Convergence?
sangeetha.chandra at unimelb.edu.au
Thu Jan 24 17:58:44 AEDT 2019
Call for Papers:
Institute of Australian Geographers
Hobart, July 9-13, 2019
Australia’s Political-Economic Futures: Towards or Against Convergence?
Sangeetha Chandrashekeran (The University of Melbourne)
Sally Weller (ACU)
Brendan Gleeson (University of Melbourne)
This session engages critically with the conference theme by probing and problematising the idea of convergence in today’s Australian political economy.
Australia provides an ideal site for testing claims that globalising forces lead ineluctably towards the convergence of regional growth paths. Australian economic geography has had much to say about the globalisation of the national economy in the 1980s and 1990s (Fagan and Webber 1994) and more recently geographical analyses of structural changes in Australia’s agriculture, automotive, creative industries, energy, and financial sectors have shed new light on the implications for the spatial organisation of major cities and regions (Globalising the Australian Economy 2018; O’Hanlon 2018). These studies reveal the globally-oriented policies of the political state: the rise of the services sector, underpinned by the deep financialisaton of the economy, and the reciprocal stagnation or decline of sectors, places and communities that were once central to Australia’s political and economic identity.
Today, Australia’s national economy is characterised by marked differences between an urban core, metropolitan areas and regional peripheries as an old economy based on natural resource dependence coexists uneasily with a new services economy. This is accompanied by high levels of international ownership, labour market casualisation, wage stagnation, ineffective regulation, rampant growth in executive pay; diminished social service provision; and the erosion of support for key local cultural economic institutions and practices. Addressing the twin challenges of rapid decarbonisation and a crisis of affordability in essential service markets (such as housing and energy) is hampered by political paralysis in the context of growing demands on services, changing demographics, and a shrinking corporate tax base.
Given this context we ask ‘where to from here’ for the Australian political economy and what are the prospects for convergence of any sort? This session seeks critical perspectives that deepen our understanding of the political-economic context. This session is interested in analyses that examine the notion of convergence through a critical geographical frame, that contest and reframe the idea of convergence or that explore alternatives, such as divergence and emergence. We welcome papers in the heterodox economic geography tradition, assessing the reshaped economic landscape, and exploring the variety of possible futures that speak to the prospects of convergence. We seek papers probing the scaled sectoral or regional interactions among economic, social, political, cultural and environmental objectives and processes.
Please send your paper title and abstract to Sangeetha Chandrashekeran (sangeetha.chandra at unimelb.edu.au<mailto:sangeetha.chandra at unimelb.edu.au> ) and Sally Weller (sally.weller at acu.edu.au<mailto:sally.weller at acu.edu.au>) by 26 February 2019.
Fagan, R.H. and Webber, M.J., 1994. Global restructuring: the Australian experience. Oxford University Press, USA.
Globalising the Australian Economy<https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cage20/49/3> Australian Geographer <https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cage20/current> Volume 49, 2018 - Issue 3<https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cage20/49/3>
O’Hanlon, S. 2018. City life: the new urban Australia NewSouth Publishing.
Dr Sangeetha Chandrashekeran
Deputy Director | Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute | Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
Lecturer and Researcher | School of Geography | Faculty of Science
T: +61 3 8344 2661 M: 0418 329 689 E: sangeetha.chandra at unimelb.edu.au<mailto:sangeetha.chandra at unimelb.edu.au>
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