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

  • 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…...
    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…
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Media & Commentary

  • 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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  • Coronavirus shock 07 February 2020 | Ideas@TheCentre
    China’s coronavirus outbreak has disrupted travel plans for millions of people — and could cost Australian universities millions of dollars. For students threatened by a deadly and fast-spreading virus, school may be the last thing on their minds. But university…
    China’s coronavirus outbreak has disrupted travel plans for millions of people — and could cost Australian universities millions of dollars. For students threatened by a deadly and fast-spreading virus, school may be the last thing on their minds. But university…
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  • Our China-dependent universities cannot escape the financial shock of coronavirus 31 January 2020 | The Sydney Morning Herald
    China’s coronavirus outbreak has disrupted travel plans for millions of people – and could cost Australian universities millions of dollars. Within China itself, the virus epicentre in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, is in lockdown. Tens of millions of…
    China’s coronavirus outbreak has disrupted travel plans for millions of people – and could cost Australian universities millions of dollars. Within China itself, the virus epicentre in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, is in lockdown. Tens of millions of…
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  • Communists lose the ability to care for themselves 31 January 2020 | The Australian
    Illustration: Eric Lobbecke Severe acute respiratory syndrome 2003. Pneumonic plague 2009. Coronavirus 2020. Avian flu just about every other year. Why does it seem like the next virus apocalypse is always coming from China? Compared with other developing countries, China…
    Illustration: Eric Lobbecke Severe acute respiratory syndrome 2003. Pneumonic plague 2009. Coronavirus 2020. Avian flu just about every other year. Why does it seem like the next virus apocalypse is always coming from China? Compared with other developing countries, China…
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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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