Elizabeth Thurbon

Deputy Head of School (Research), Scientia Fellow and Associate Professor in International Relations
Scientia Fellow (Level D)

Elizabeth is Deputy Head of School (Research), Scientia Fellow and Associate Professor of International Relations / International Political Economy at the School of Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney. She has also held Visiting Fellowships at Seoul National University (Korea Foundation Fellow) and China Foreign Affairs University. Her research specialism is the political economy of techno-industrial development and change, with a particular focus on East Asia and Australia. Her most significant contributions to the field examine the rise and transformation of Northeast Asia’s developmental states, and the relationship between international trade and financial integration and the pursuit of transformative economic and social goals in Australia and the region. She has written widely on these topics for academic and popular audiences. Her most recent book Developmental Mindset: Revival of Financial Activism in South Korea (2016, Cornell University Press) examines the ways in which developmental ways of thinking have informed a strategic approach to financial policy in South Korea from the 1960s to the present. She is also the co-author (with Linda Weiss and John Mathews) of two popular books on Australian political economy: National Insecurity (2007, Allen & Unwin) and How to Kill a Country (2004, Allen & Unwin), the latter short-listed for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Advancing Public Debate. She has been a regular contributor to public debates on Australian trade and industry policy and was Guest Editor of a 2015 Special Issue of the Australian Journal of International Affairs dedicated to this topic. 

Elizabeth is a Founding Member and Chair of the FASS Globalisation & Governance Research Network. She is also a Board Member of the Jubilee Australia Research Centre, a NGO dedicated to research-based advocacy on questions of social, economic and environmental justice in the Asia-Pacific, with a particular focus on Australian government and corporate accountability: http://www.jubileeaustralia.org/

She holds a Ph.D. in Government (International Political Economy) from the University of Sydney. She also completed her Economics (Social Sciences) Degree at Sydney University, where she was awarded first class Honours and the University Medal for Academic Excellence.

Research Areas

Globalisation, development, trade, developmental states and the developmental mindset, government-business relations, industrial transformation, financial activism, institutional/ideational change, state capacity.

Publications

Books
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Thurbon E, 2016, Developmental Mindset: The Revival of Financial Activism in South Korea, Cornell University Press, Ithaca
2016
Weiss L; Thurbon EC; Mathews J, 2007, National Insecurity, Original, Allen and Unwin, St Leonards, NSW
2007
Weiss L; Thurbon EC; Mathews J, 2004, How to Kill a Country, 1, Allen and Unwin, St Leonards, NSW
2004
Book Chapters
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Thurbon EC, 2017, 'Lessons from South Korea: A Developmental Mindset Makes a Difference when Governing the Financial Economy', in Bohoslavsky JP; Raffer K (ed.), Sovereign Debt Crises: What Have We Learned?, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 236 - 253,
2017
Thurbon E, 2017, 'Lessons from South Korea: A developmental mindset makes a difference when governing the financial economy', in Sovereign Debt Crises: What have We Learned?, pp. 236 - 253,
2017
Thurbon EC, 2016, 'Trade and Industry Policy: The Growing Partisan Divide', in Beeson M; Hameiri S (ed.), Navigating the New International Disorder: Australia In World Affairs 2011-2015, Oxford University Press
2016
Thurbon EC; Weiss L, 2016, 'The Developmental State in the late 20th Century', in Jhosh J; Kattel R; Reinert E (ed.), Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development, Edward Elgar
2016
Thurbon E, 2014, 'Australia: Public purchasing and innovation: The Australian case', in Public Procurement, Innovation and Policy: International Perspectives, pp. 35 - 63,
2014
Weiss L; Thurbon E, 2014, 'The Business of Buying American: Public Procurement as Trade Strategy', in Ikenberry J; Trubowitz P (ed.), American Foreign Policy: Theoretical Essays, edn. 7, Oxford University Press
2014
Thurbon EC, 2013, 'Australia', in Lember V; Kattel R; Kalvert T (ed.), Public Procurement, Innovation and Policy: International Perspectives, edn. 1, Springer, Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 35 - 63,
2013
Thurbon EC, 2013, 'Globalization and Industrial Governance: A View from Australia', in Tazreiter C; Tham SY (ed.), Globalization and Social Transformation in the Asia-Pacific, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, UK, pp. 78 - 93,
2013
Thurbon EC, 2012, 'From Developmentalism to Neoliberalism and Back Again? Governing the Market in Australia from the 1980s to the Present', in Chang K-S; Fine B; Weiss L (ed.), Developmental Politics in Transition : the neoliberal era and beyond, edn. 1, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 274 - 298
2012
Thurbon EC, 2012, 'Ideas and Industrial Governance: Has the Influence of Neoliberalism been Overstated?', in Neoliberalism: Beyond the Free Market, edn. 1, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltnam, pp. 180 - 203,
2012
Thurbon E, 2007, 'The developmental logic of financial liberalization in Taiwan', in Institutions and Market Economies: The Political Economy of Growth and Development, pp. 87 - 111,
2007
Conference Papers
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Thurbon EC, 2011, 'Same But Different: Reviving the Developmental State Model by Revisiting its Ideational Foundations', in APSA Conference 2011 Full Papers (online), Australian Political Studies Association, Canberra, presented at Australian Political Studies Association Conference 2011: Crisis, Uncertainty and Democracy, Canberra, 26 September 2011 - 28 September 2011,
2011
Journal articles
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2019, 'Introduction: Finance, Development and the State in East Asia', New Political Economy,
2019
2019, 'The Future of Financial Activism in Taiwan? The Utility of a Mindset-centred Analysis of Developmental States and Their Evolution', New Political Economy,
2019
Rethel L; Thurbon E, 2019, 'Introduction: Finance, Development and the State in East Asia', New Political Economy,
2019
Thurbon E, 2019, 'The Future of Financial Activism in Taiwan? The Utility of a Mindset-centred Analysis of Developmental States and Their Evolution', New Political Economy,
2019
Weiss L; Thurbon E, 2018, 'Power paradox: how the extension of US infrastructural power abroad diminishes state capacity at home', Review of International Political Economy, vol. 25, pp. 779 - 810,
2018
Thurbon E, 2016, 'Trade Agreements and the Myth of Policy Constraint in Australia', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 51, pp. 636 - 651,
2016
Thurbon E, 2015, '10 years after the Australia-US free trade agreement: where to for Australia’s trade policy?', Australian Journal of International Affairs, vol. 69, pp. 463 - 467,
2015
Thurbon E, 2015, 'The abandonment of procurement-linked strategic activism in Australia: standing still with room to move', Australian Journal of International Affairs, vol. 69, pp. 577 - 594,
2015
Kim SY; Thurbon E, 2015, 'Developmental Environmentalism: Explaining South Korea’s Ambitious Pursuit of Green Growth', Politics and Society, vol. 43, pp. 213 - 240,
2015
Thurbon EC, 2015, 'Ten Years Since the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement: Where to for Australia's Trade Policy?', Australian Journal of International Affairs
2015
Thurbon E, 2014, 'The Developmental State: A Conceptual Defence', Critique Internationale, vol. 63, pp. 59 - 75,
2014
Thurbon EC; Weiss L, 2006, 'From Player to Pawn: Howard`s Trade Legacy', Australian Journal of Public Affairs, vol. February, pp. Web - Web
2006
Weiss L; Thurbon E, 2006, 'The Business of Buying American: Public Procurement as Trade Strategy in the USA', Review of International Political Economy, vol. 13, pp. 701 - 721,
2006
Thurbon E; Weiss L, 2006, 'Investing in Openness: The Evolution of FDI Strategyin South Korea and Taiwan', New Political Economy, vol. 11, pp. 1 - 22,
2006
Weiss L; Thurbon E; Mathews J, 2006, 'Free trade in mad cows: How to kill a beef industry', Australian Journal of International Affairs, vol. 60, pp. 376 - 399,
2006
Weiss L; Thurbon E, 2004, '"Where there's a will there's a way": Governing the market in times of uncertainty', Issues and Studies, vol. 40, pp. 61 - 72
2004
Thurbon E, 2003, 'Ideational inconsistency and institutional inertia: Why financial liberalisation in South Korea went horribly wrong', New Political Economy, vol. 8, pp. 341 - 361,
2003
Thurbon E, 2001, 'Two Paths to Financial Liberalisation: South Korea and Taiwan', Pacific Review, vol. 14, pp. 241 - 268,
2001