The political economy of governance reform

Countries undergoing dramatic transformations reassess the rules and institutions that underpin their economic, political, social and cultural governance. We investigate the underlying forces driving policy development in the contemporary Asian region.


Our focus includes:

  • political representation, accountability and transparency
  • political party and electoral reform
  • constitutional rules and new forms of authoritarian and democratic rule
  • new trade architectures in the Asia-Pacific
  • public policy implementation and public sector administrative reforms including the economics of health policy
  • social policy, aid and development practices
  • state money laundering, anti-corruption strategies and the role of integrity agencies.

Understanding the factors influencing emerging policy responses in the region informs Australia’s diplomatic and trade relations and advocacy work on issues of international concern.

For more information contact:

Dr Jeffrey Wilson
 Cluster leader
 J.Wilson@murdoch.edu.au
 +61 8 9360 2812

  • Key researchers

    Dr Jacqui Baker

    Dr Yvonne Haigh

    A/Prof. Jane Hutchison

    Prof. Kanishka Jayasuriya

    A/Prof. Terence Lee

    Dr Kimberly Moloney

    A/Prof. Francesco Paolucci

    Prof. Benjamin Reilly

    E/Prof. Richard Robison

    Prof. Garry Rodan

    E/Prof. Ian Scott

    Prof. Xiaowen Tian

    A/Prof. Peter Waring

    Dr Ian Wilson

    Dr Jeffrey Wilson (cluster leader)

    Dr Yingchi Chu

  • Selected publications

    Jacqui Baker (with S Milne), 2015, Dirty Money States: Illicit Economies and the State in Southeast Asia, Critical Asian Studies, 47, 2: 151–176.

    Yvonne Haigh (with S Howe), 2016, Anti-corruption Watchdog Accountability: The Limitations of Judicial Review’s Ability to Guard the Guardians, Australian Journal of Public Administration, 75, 3:305–317.

    Jane Hutchison, Richard Robison (with W Hout and C Hughes), 2014, Political Economy and the Aid Industry in Asia, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

    Kanishka Jayasuriya, Garry Rodan, 2007, Beyond Hybrid Regimes: More Participation, Less Contestation in Southeast Asia, Democratization, 14,5: 773–794.

    Terence Lee, 2016, Arts, Aspirations and Anxieties: Cultural Policy in Singapore, in Singapore: Negotiating State and Society, 1965–2015, London: Routledge, pp.172–186.

    Kimberly Moloney, 2017 (forthcoming), Structural Barriers to an Asian Century of Public Administration, in S Bice and H Sullivan (eds), Public Policy in the Asian Century: Concepts, Cases and Futures, Palgrave Macmillan.

    Francesco Paolucci (with A Fouda and G Florentine), 2017, Competitive Health Markets and Risk Equalisation in Australia: Lessons Learnt from Other Countries, Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, 15, Springer.

    Benjamin Reilly, 2007, Democratization and Electoral Reform in the Asia-Pacific Region: Is There an ‘Asian Model’ of Democracy?, Comparative Political Studies, 40,11: 1350–1371.

    Garry Rodan, 2018, Participation Without Democracy: Containing Conflict in Southeast Asia, Cornell University Press.

    Ian Scott, 2014, Political Scandals and the Accountability of the Chief Executive in Hong Kong, Asian Survey, 54,5: 966–986.

    Xiaowen Tian (with V Lo and M Song), 2015, FDI Technology Spill overs in China: Implications for Developing Areas, Journal of Developing Areas, 49,6: 37–48.

    Peter Waring, 2014, Singapore’s Global Schoolhouse Strategy: Retreat or Recalibration?, Studies in Higher Education, 39,5: 874–884.

    Ian Wilson, 2015, The Politics of Protection Rackets in Post-New Order Indonesia, London: Routledge.

    Jeffrey Wilson (with Mireya Solis), 2017, From APEC to mega-regionals: The evolution of the Asia-Pacific trade architecture, The Pacific Review, 30,6: 923–937.

    Yingchi Chu, 2015, Political Cartoons in China, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, 63,1: 101–129.

  • Major projects

    Jane Hutchison, Richard Bell, Enamul Haque: Nutrient Management for Diversified Cropping in Bangladesh, Australian Centre of International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), 2018–22.

    Jacqui Baker, Jane Hutchison, Ian Wilson and Richard Robison: Political Economy Analysis for Australia Indonesia Partnership for Justice Program 2 (AIPJ2), Cardno Emerging Markets (Australia Pty Ltd)/ Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 2017.

    Francesco Paolucci: Analyse the Economic and Social Impact of Rare Diseases on WA Health System, Department of Health (WA), 2017.

    Francesco Paolucci: Support the Development and Implementation of the WA Health Networks Action Plan, Department of Health (WA), 2016–17.

    Garry Rodan: Representation and Political Regimes in Southeast Asia, ARC Australian Professorial Fellowship, 2010–2015.

    Ian Scott (with T. Gong): The Quest for Joined-up Government: Structural Relationships and the Silos in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Research Grant Council, 2017–2020.

    Jeffrey Wilson (with M Beeson): The Political Economy of Australia-China Economic Relations, ARC Discovery Project, 2015–17.

    Yvonne Haigh: Integrity and Misconduct in the University Sector, Government of Western Australia: Public Sector Commission, 2014.