Andrew Charlton


7 ENTRIES Andrew Charlton is the author of Ozonomics and Fair Trade for All (with Joseph Stiglitz) and two Quarterly Essays, ‘Man-Made World’ and ‘Dragon’s Tail’. From 2008 to 2010 he was senior economic adviser to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. He is co-founder of the strategic advisory business AlphaBeta.



Weighted to the downside

Notes from Davos and predictions for 2016

Paul Keating and Bob Hawke in 1989.


Ideas disguised as history

Chris Bowen’s ‘The Money Men’ and the ideal treasurer


Dragon’s tail: The lucky country after the China boom

In the sunlit residence of the Australian Embassy in Beijing, on a mild and clear afternoon in August 2008, the ambassador’s staff were preparing a banquet for the prime minister. The mini-tornado that precedes every prime-ministerial event was …

Quarterly Essay 44, 'Man-Made World: Choosing between Progress and Planet', by Andrew Charlton, Black Inc., 142pp; $19.95


What we learned in Copenhagen

At 10.45 p.m. my phone rang. “The Danes are switching to the back-up plan,” a voice said. “Room 20. 11.30 tonight.” I pulled on my suit jacket, took up my warm coat and ventured downstairs into the night. I followed the now familiar route through …

Women tend a garden under the gaze of history. FROM LEFT: Hu Jintao, Jiang Zemin, Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. © Reuters/Stringer Shanghai


Bitter fruits

China’s twelfth five-year plan

Lindsay Tanner at the despatch box, 25 May 2010. © Alan Porrit / AAP Image


Too much information

Lindsay Tanner’s ‘Sideshow’

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.


The economic myths of Peter Costello

On 23 September 2004, three days before the launch of his re-election campaign, John Howard visited the marginal seat of Deakin in the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. He wandered up and down a busy shopping strip, chatting to residents and looking …