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.


Featured Publication

  • 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…...
    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…
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Media & Commentary

  • Moral hazard run amok 12 March 2020 | IDEAS@THECENTRE
    Many Australians are rightly concerned about the health risks posed by arrival of the coronavirus on our shores. Elderly people and cancer patients with compromised immune systems are self-isolating to avoid infection. Doctors are worried about the availability of facemasks.…
    Many Australians are rightly concerned about the health risks posed by arrival of the coronavirus on our shores. Elderly people and cancer patients with compromised immune systems are self-isolating to avoid infection. Doctors are worried about the availability of facemasks.…
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  • Australia should not relax its China travel ban 25 February 2020 | Times Higher Education
    When the Australian government imposed its China travel ban on 1 February, there were 7,000 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in China’s “ground zero”, Hubei province, with another 1,000 or so appearing every day. Three weeks on, there are 64,000…
    When the Australian government imposed its China travel ban on 1 February, there were 7,000 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in China’s “ground zero”, Hubei province, with another 1,000 or so appearing every day. Three weeks on, there are 64,000…
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  • The ego trip behind the push to lift ban on Chinese students 22 February 2020 | Sydney Morning Herald
    The 2010s were a halcyon decade for Australia’s leading universities. Australia now has seven universities in the global top 100, according to the industry-standard Academic Ranking of World Universities, compared with just three in 2010. Almost the entire G8 is…
    The 2010s were a halcyon decade for Australia’s leading universities. Australia now has seven universities in the global top 100, according to the industry-standard Academic Ranking of World Universities, compared with just three in 2010. Almost the entire G8 is…
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  • Routes to virus risk 20 February 2020 | IDEAS@THECENTRE
    It’s unprecedented for a public health crisis to disrupt the global economy, but China’s coronavirus epidemic is doing just that. With the lunar new year holidays now over, China’s economy should be humming, but many factories remain shut, container ships…
    It’s unprecedented for a public health crisis to disrupt the global economy, but China’s coronavirus epidemic is doing just that. With the lunar new year holidays now over, China’s economy should be humming, but many factories remain shut, container ships…
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  • Even now our universities remain addicted to China 19 February 2020 | The Australian
    Australia isn’t the only country exposed to a novel coronavirus recession in China. The COVID-19 epidemic is first and foremost a human tragedy, but it also has raised fears about the performance of the Chinese economy and everyone who supplies…
    Australia isn’t the only country exposed to a novel coronavirus recession in China. The COVID-19 epidemic is first and foremost a human tragedy, but it also has raised fears about the performance of the Chinese economy and everyone who supplies…
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Publications

  • 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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