Andrew Charlton

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.

Articles by this author

Notes from Davos and predictions for 2016
Weighted to the downside
The mood in Davos this year was mixed. Many of the World Economic Forum sessions felt like a tug-of-war between fear and optimism, reflecting deep uncertainty for what 2016 may...
Paul Keating and Bob Hawke in 1989.
Chris Bowen’s ‘The Money Men’ and the ideal treasurer
Ideas disguised as history
Young politicians write books about ideas; old politicians write histories. In the twilight of their careers, when their passion for politics is no longer absorbed by active...
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...
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...
Women tend a garden under the gaze of history. FROM LEFT: Hu Jintao, Jiang Zemin, Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. © Reuters/Stringer Shanghai
China’s twelfth five-year plan
Bitter fruits
In its first season on Chinese television, the smash-hit series Wo Ju captured the zeitgeist of China’s restive urban youth. By the time government censors stepped in to kill the...
Lindsay Tanner at the despatch box, 25 May 2010. © Alan Porrit / AAP Image
Lindsay Tanner’s ‘Sideshow’
Too much information
Recently I had dinner with a group of friends including a well-known political journalist. When I told him I was working my way through the proofs of Lindsay Tanner’s new book,...
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...