Salvatore Babones

Adjunct Scholar

Salvatore Babones

Salvatore Babones is a political sociologist at the University of Sydney and an elected member of the National Committee on US-China Relations. His book The New Authoritarianism: Trump, Populism, and the Tyranny of Experts was named ‘Best on Politics 2018’ by the Wall Street Journal. Salvatore is also the author or co-author of six other books and more than two dozen academic research articles. His academic research takes a long-term approach to interpreting the structure of the global economy, with a particular focus on China. Salvatore has penned op-eds for the Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, and the Australian Financial Review, and he writes regularly for Quadrant, Spectator Australia, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, and The National Interest. Salvatore is currently researching a book on Western civilization.


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Featured Publication

  • The 12-Week Window: Coronavirus crisis Australia didn’t have to have 02 June 2020 | AP9
    The coronavirus crisis was ‘the crisis that Australia didn’t have to have’. This paper lays out a detailed weekly timeline of the crucial first twelve weeks of the crisis, which were Australia’s window of opportunity for fighting the virus at…...
    The coronavirus crisis was ‘the crisis that Australia didn’t have to have’. This paper lays out a detailed weekly timeline of the crucial first twelve weeks of the crisis, which were Australia’s window of opportunity for fighting the virus at…
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Media & Commentary

  • Our COVID Response: Bordering on Incompetence 14 June 2020 | Quadrant
    For the first time in history, the world has what might be called ‘Taiwan envy’. The tiny island territory that China claims as a province but whose president emphasises is an independent country —roughly three times the size of greater Sydney —is home to…
    For the first time in history, the world has what might be called ‘Taiwan envy’. The tiny island territory that China claims as a province but whose president emphasises is an independent country —roughly three times the size of greater Sydney —is home to…
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  • The coronavirus crisis we never needed to have 08 June 2020 | Spectator
    We can’t blame our leaders for being caught off-guard by the coronavirus; we all were. We can, however, hold our leaders responsible for the decisions they should have made based on the information they should have had at the time.…
    We can’t blame our leaders for being caught off-guard by the coronavirus; we all were. We can, however, hold our leaders responsible for the decisions they should have made based on the information they should have had at the time.…
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  • ‘Reasonable person’ test of virus response 04 June 2020 | Ideas@theCentre
    We can’t blame our leaders for being caught off-guard by the coronavirus; we all were. We can, however, hold our leaders responsible for the decisions they should have made based on the information they should have had at the time.…
    We can’t blame our leaders for being caught off-guard by the coronavirus; we all were. We can, however, hold our leaders responsible for the decisions they should have made based on the information they should have had at the time.…
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  • Coronavirus: Road map needed for getting back to work 03 April 2020 | The Australian
    We all hope social distancing is saving lives, but there is no doubt that it is destroying livelihoods. For many working-age people, the only thing worse than catching the coronavirus is losing your job to it. Many small businesses are…
    We all hope social distancing is saving lives, but there is no doubt that it is destroying livelihoods. For many working-age people, the only thing worse than catching the coronavirus is losing your job to it. Many small businesses are…
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  • Don’t waste a crisis with waste 02 April 2020 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Rahm Emanuel’s GFC quip about not wasting a crisis is resonating in the pandemic debate. Now  as a news commentator, Emanuel has repeated his advice with regard to the coronavirus crisis. And lots of people want to take it. Here…
    Rahm Emanuel’s GFC quip about not wasting a crisis is resonating in the pandemic debate. Now  as a news commentator, Emanuel has repeated his advice with regard to the coronavirus crisis. And lots of people want to take it. Here…
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Publications

  • Australia's Export Exposure to China's Coronavirus Epidemic 18 February 2020 | AP7
    This paper estimates the direct and immediate effects of the coronavirus epidemic on the revenues of Australia’s major export industries. It breaks down Australia’s exports to China across 18 major industry groups, including both goods and services exports. China’s coronavirus epidemic is likely to cost Australia’s export industries between $8…...
    This paper estimates the direct and immediate effects of the coronavirus epidemic on the revenues of Australia’s major export industries. It breaks down Australia’s exports to China across 18 major industry groups, including both goods and services exports. China’s coronavirus epidemic is likely to cost Australia’s export industries between $8…
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  • The China Student Boom and the Risks It Poses to Australian Universities 20 August 2019 | AP5
    Australia’s universities are taking a multi-million dollar gamble with taxpayer money to pursue a high-risk, high-reward international growth strategy. Their revenues are booming as they enrol record numbers of international students, particularly from China. As long as their bets on the international student market pay off, the universities’ gamble will…...
    Australia’s universities are taking a multi-million dollar gamble with taxpayer money to pursue a high-risk, high-reward international growth strategy. Their revenues are booming as they enrol record numbers of international students, particularly from China. As long as their bets on the international student market pay off, the universities’ gamble will…
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