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Prof Andrew Scott



Professor of Politics and Policy


Faculty of Arts and Education


SHSS Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus


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

+61 3 924 43867


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 fifth book, Northern Lights, expresses 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


Member of the Australian Political Studies Association and the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History

Teaching interests

Europe's Political Transformation

Policy Lessons from Overseas

Managing Public Expenditure


Andrew has participated in major national and international academic conferences in Australia, Britain, Germany and Portugal in recent years.

Professional activities

Appointed as a University member on the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority VCE International Politics (National Politics) Review panel in 2010.


Certificate of Achievement for student-centred University teaching in 2004; voted as one of top 10 Lecturers at RMIT University in 2008.
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.


Report for The Australia Institute on better revenue options for Australia, learning from Nordic nations

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


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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


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


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


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

Andrew Scott

(2014), Clayton, Victoria, A1


Australia reconstructed

A Scott

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


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


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


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


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


Politics, parties and issues in Australia : an introduction

A Scott

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


Looking to Sweden in order to reconstruct Australia

A Scott

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

A Scott

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


Fading loyalties : the Australian Labor Party and the working class

A Scott

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


Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

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

Prof Andrew Scott

  • 2012: $5,000

Industry and Other Funding

Strengthening leave entitlements for casual workers in Australia

Prof Andrew Scott

  • 2016: $459
  • 2015: $30,000

Unemployment insurance for Australia, drawing on the Danish precedent

Prof Andrew Scott

  • 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

  • 2016: $30,000

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

Prof Andrew Scott

  • 2017: $20,000

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

Prof Andrew Scott

  • 2018: $20,000


Principal Supervisor

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