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Prof Andrew Scott

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Professor of Politics and Policy

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

School of Hum & Social Science

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 1999
Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne, 1991

Contact

a.scott@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 43867

Biography

Andrew teaches Australian politics, international comparative politics, economic policy, social policy, and political history. His books and articles have been extensively discussed in Australia and overseas. Andrew's approach draws from his experience before entering academia as a senior national policy adviser on employment and training issues, as a research officer for a major trade union and as an elected student leader. His next book is here: https://mup.com.au/books/the-nordic-edge-paperback-softback

It builds on how his fifth book, Northern Lights, expressed the results of his enquiry into lessons for Australia from the continuing policy achievements of Sweden and other nations of Nordic Europe including through their: reduction of income and wealth inequalities, reduction of child poverty, democratising of access to public education, adoption of more family-friendly workplace arrangements; provision of comprehensive paid parental leave; support for employment transitions of mature-aged workers; and fair, sustainable management of natural resource wealth.

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Research interests

Social democracy in northern Europe, policy alternatives for Australia

Affiliations

Inaugural Convenor, The Australia Institute Nordic Policy Centre since 2018, highlighting policy ideas to improve job opportunities in regions like Geelong

Teaching interests

Europe's Political Transformation

Policy Lessons from Overseas

Making Policy

Professional activities

Invited testimony to the Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee hearing on the ‘Fairer’ Paid Parental Leave Bill, on 1 February 2017, which helped stop cuts to paid parental leave in Australia

Appointed to Royal Australasian College of Physicians Inequities in Child Health Working Group in 2015 to assist the College develop strategies for greater equality in children's health, learning from Sweden’s leading role

Invited presentation at Karlstad University, Sweden on ‘The policy inspiration for English-speaking countries of Nordic achievements in children’s policy’, December 2012

Media appearances

Prominent coverage in more than 100 newspaper articles, television or radio broadcasts including recently quoted in articles in Australian Financial Review, 14 June 2019, and 15-16 June 2019, as an exemplar of a scholarly author reaching a popular readership; and on skills training policies
Author: ‘Tax: in Denmark it is a term of affection’, The Conversation, 2 April, 2019
Interviewed on ABC radio Hobart and on ABC radio Newcastle re tax policies in March, 2019 and quoted in: ‘Australia can learn from Nordics on tax: report’, widely syndicated (in more than 130 regional newspapers) Australian Associated Press story, 7 March, 2019 
Quoted prominently in ‘Work/Life The new balance’, The Sunday Age, Melbourne and The Sun-Herald, Sydney, 16 March, 2017
and in “Insurance for jobless plan to prevent a 'pit of poverty'”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 June, 2016
 

Awards

Visiting Researcher, Institute of Contemporary History, Södertörn University College, Stockholm, Sweden, 19 January-12 February 2007.
Affiliated Graduate of St. John's College, Oxford University, England, September-December 1994.
The University of Melbourne's Brian Fitzpatrick prize in 1990 for best fourth year honours thesis in the field of Australian history; the R.G. Wilson Scholarship and Loreen Cutts Memorial prizes in 1989 for third year history; and the Donald MacKay prize in 1988 for second year history.

Publications

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2022

Homes for people : How Nordic policies can improve Australia's housing affordability

Andrew Scott, Sidsel Grimstad, Heather Holst

(2022), pp. 1-23, A6 Research report/technical paper, Canberra, A6

research report/technical paper
2021

Ja, we can: Why Nordic policies are possible for Australia

Andrew Scott, Rod Campbell

(2021), pp. 7-29, The Nordic Edge: Policy Possibilities for Australia, Melbourne, Vic., B1

book chapter

Life and Taxes: International Comparison of Tax Rates, Economic Performance and Social Well-being

Richard Denniss, Matt Grudnoff, Andrew Scott

(2021), pp. 30-50, The Nordic Edge: Policy Possibilities for Australia, Melbourne, Vic., B1

book chapter

Boosting workforce participation and wages

Andrew Scott, Matt Grudnoff, James Fleming

(2021), pp. 124-146, The Nordic Edge: Policy Possibilities for Australia, Melbourne, Vic., B1

book chapter

Collective bargaining's contribution to employment skills and transitions: lessons from the Nordic countries

Andrew Scott

(2021), Vol. 31, pp. 301-311, LABOUR & INDUSTRY-A JOURNAL OF THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RELATIONS OF WORK, C1

journal article
2020

Unions

Andrew Scott

(2020), pp. 397-409, Morrison's miracle: the 2019 Australian Federal Election, Acton, A.C.T., B1

book chapter
2019

Situating a basic income alongside paid work policies

Andrew Scott

(2019), pp. 199-213, Implementing a basic income in Australia: pathways forward, Cham, Switzerland, B1

book chapter

Skatt: Treasure and tax in Australia and the Nordic countries

A Scott

(2019), Canberra, A.C.T., A6

research report/technical paper

Degrees North: Vocational and University Education in Australia and Nordic Countries. Report for roundtable discussion at the Embassy of Finland Canberra

Andrew Scott, Tor Hundloe, Shirley Jackson

(2019), Canberra, A.C.T., A6

research report/technical paper
2018

From Hampstead to Hull: implications of Brexit and other overseas voting trends for the ALP

A Scott

(2018), Vol. 89, pp. 34-43, AQ Australian Quarterly, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal article
2017

Crime prevention and prisoner rehabilitation in Australia: lessons from Nordic nations

A Scott

(2017), Vol. 42, pp. 118-122, Alternative law journal, London, Vic., C1

journal article
2016

A proposal for unemployment insurance

A Scott

(2016), Carlton South, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Strengthening leave entitlements for workers in Australia

A Scott

(2016), Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Nordic policy lessons for Australia

A Scott

(2016), Adelaide, S.Aust., A6

research report/technical paper
2015

Place-based initiatives to tackle mature-age workers' long-term unemployment in Australia, drawing on successful Nordic precedents

A Scott

(2015), pp. 4-18, Proceedings of the 2nd Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference 2015, Melbourne, Vic., E1

conference
2014

Northern Lights: the positive policy example of Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway

Andrew Scott

(2014), Clayton, Victoria, A1

book
2013

Australia reconstructed

A Scott

(2013), pp. 137-151, Organise, educate, control: the AMWU in Australia, 1852 - 2012, Melbourne, Vic., B1-1

book chapter
2012

The reasons for looking to the Nordic nations to change children's chances in Australia

A Scott

(2012), Vol. 3, pp. 5-11, Citizenship and globalisation research papers, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article

Paid parental leave as a basic tenet of a child friendly society

A Scott

(2012), Vol. 3, pp. 39-41, Citizenship and globalisation research papers, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article

Changing children's chances : Can Australia learn from Nordic countries?

A Scott, S Janson, S Goldfeld, D Brennan, P Whiteford, F Andrews, R Cassells, M Horn, M Leuenberger, P Markham, R Robinson, H Yim

(2012), Melbourne, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper
2011

The fragmentation of political parties on the left and the formation of new alignments : comparing Australia with 'Red-Green' coalitions in Northern Europe

A Scott

(2011), pp. 1-12, APSA 2011 : Crisis, uncertainty and democracy : Proceedings of the Australian Political Studies Association 2011, Canberra, A.C.T., E1

conference
2010

Nordic Europe's policy leadership

A Scott

(2010), pp. 111-125, New Europe, new world? : the European Union, Europe, and the challenges of the 21st century, Brussels, Belgium, B1-1

book chapter
2009

Politics, parties and issues in Australia : an introduction

A Scott

(2009), Frenchs Forest, N.S.W., A1-1

book

Looking to Sweden in order to reconstruct Australia

A Scott

(2009), Vol. 34, pp. 330-352, Scandinavian journal of history, London, England, C1-1

journal article

Social democracy and the Rudd Labor Government in Australia

A Scott

(2009), Berlin, Germany, A6-1

research report/technical paper
2008

Equality, internationalism and the continuing relevance of Scandinavian social democracy

A Scott

(2008), pp. 94-99, Shared values, shared future : re-imagining the good society : collected papers 2007-08, Surry Hills, N.S.W., B1-1

book chapter
2007

Human security : guaranteeing a decent life for all

A Scott

(2007), pp. 87-120, To firmer ground : restoring hope in Australia, Sydney, N.S.W., B1-1

book chapter
2006

Social democracy in northern Europe : its relevance for Australia

A Scott

(2006), Vol. 7, pp. 1-17, Australian review of public affairs, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1

journal article

The ALP after 2004

A Scott

(2006), pp. 1-15, APSA 2006 : Proceedings of the 2006 Australasian Political Studies Association conference, Newcastle, New South Wales, E1-1

conference
2004

The Australian Labor Party and its various constituencies

A Scott

(2004), pp. 1-18, APSA 2004 : Proceedings of the Australian Political Studies Association 2004, Adelaide, S. Aust., E1-1

conference
2003

Meanings of modernisation : the distinctiveness of the Whitlam Government in the history of labour parties

A Scott

(2003), pp. 444-464, It's time again : Whitlam and modern Labor, Melbourne, Vic., B1-1

book chapter

Putting the Australian Labor Party in international perspective

A Scott

(2003), pp. 1-25, APSA 2004 : Proceedings of the Australian Political Studies Association 2003, Hobart, Tasmania, E1-1

conference
2000

Running on empty : 'modernising' the British and Australian labour parties

A Scott

(2000), Sydney, N.S.W., A1-1

book
1999

What kind of open Australia?

A Scott

(1999), Melbourne, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper
1991

Fading loyalties : the Australian Labor Party and the working class

A Scott

(1991), Leichhardt, N.S.W., A1-1

book

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Reducing Inequalities among children in Australia: Learning from Nordic Nations Workshop

Prof Andrew Scott

DEECD Grant - Research - Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, DEWR Grant - Research - Department of Employment and Workplace Relations

  • 2012: $5,000

Industry and Other Funding

Strengthening leave entitlements for casual workers in Australia

Prof Andrew Scott

Aust Council of Trade Unions Grant - Research

  • 2016: $459
  • 2015: $30,000

Unemployment insurance for Australia, drawing on the Danish precedent

Prof Andrew Scott

Jobs Australia Limited

  • 2016: $10,000

Research for a sponsoring industry superannuation fund to tackle inequalities in the effects of a rising retirement age, to assist better public policy and services

Prof Andrew Scott

CBus/United Super Pty Ltd

  • 2016: $30,000

Lou Barberis biographic project/implications of Melbourne High School leadership from 1975-1986 for educational equity policy today

Prof Andrew Scott

Melbourne High School Old Boys Association

  • 2017: $20,000

Better revenue options for Australia than lower 'company tax', learning from the Nordic nations.

Prof Andrew Scott

The Australia Institute

  • 2019: $20,000
  • 2018: $20,000

Better Policy Options for Australia learning from Nordic countries.

Prof Andrew Scott

The Australia Institute Ltd

  • 2022: $5,000
  • 2021: $10,000
  • 2020: $25,000
  • 2019: $5,000

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2016

Paul Alfred Brownrigg

Thesis entitled: The Influence of Britain's Margaret Thatcher on Australian Politics and Australia's Influence on her, 1972-1983

Master of Arts, School of Humanities and Social Sciences