Dr Tim Thornton
Lecturer in Political Economy, Director, Politics, Philosophy and Economics Degree.
College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce
Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Politics and Philosophy
SS 328, Melbourne (Bundoora)
Institute for Human Security and Social Change
PhD (Economics) Masters of Arts (International Development) Graduate Diploma (International Development) Diploma of Health Sciences.
Membership of professional associations
Australian Political Studies Association (ASPA), Member of ASPA Environment and Politics Working Group
Area of study
I am a political economist. I currently co-convene La Trobe's Politics, Philosophy and Economics Degree. My most recently published work is the book From Economics to Political Economy: the promise, problems and solutions of Pluralist Economics (Routledge 2017) which extends my PhD research on political economy, economic pluralism and interdisciplinarity. My current research interests are in the area of sustainability (social, economic and environmental).
Political Theory and Political Philosophy
- Political Economy
- Thornton, T. 2017. ‘The Intellectual Isolation of Mainstream Economics?’, Journal of Australian Political Economy, No. 80 Summer.
- Thornton, T 2016. From Economics to Political Economy: The Promise, Problems and Solutions of Pluralist Economics, Routledge, London.
- Thornton, T 2016 'The ‘complexity revolution’ seen from a historical and heterodox perspective' in Reclaiming Pluralism in Economics J Courvisanos, A Millmow and J Doughney (ed). Routledge, London.
- Thornton, T. 2015. ‘The Changing Face of Mainstream Economics?’, Journal of Australian Political Economy, Winter.
- Thornton, T. 2014. ‘The Problem with the Way We Educate Economists’ The Age Melbourne Tuesday 14 May p.18.
- Thornton, T. 2014. ‘Are Employers Currently Interested in a Reformed EconomicsCurriculum?’ Australasian Journal of Economics Education Volume 11 (1).
- Thornton, T. & Argyrous, G. 2014. ‘Introductory Political Economy Subjects in Australian Universities: Recent Trends and Possible Futures’, Australasian Journal of Economics Education, Volume 10 (2).
- Thornton, T. 2014. ‘A Conversation with Professor Frank Stilwell’, International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, Volume 5 (2).
- Thornton, T. & Argyrous, G. 2014. ‘Disciplinary Differentiation and Institutional Independence: a Viable Template for a Pluralist Economics’, International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, Volume 5 (2).
- Thornton, T. 2013. ‘The Narrowing of the Australian Economics Curriculum: an Analysis of the Problem and a Suggested Solution’, The Economic Record, Volume 89 S(1), July, pp. 206-114.
- Thornton, T 2013. The possibility of a pluralist economics economics curriculum in Australian universities: historical forces and contemporary strategies, PhD Thesis, La Trobe University
- Thornton, T. 2012. ‘The Economics Curriculum in Australian Universities 1980 to 2011’, Economic Papers, Vol. 30, No 1, March pp.103-113.
- Thornton, T. 2003. ‘Policing the Do-Gooders: the Right’s Attack on NGOs’, Overland, 173, Summer, pp. 28-35.
- Thornton, T. 2002. “Australian NGOs as a Danger to Democracy?”, Overland, 168, Spring, pp. 58-67
- 25 June 2014. Panellist, Smaller Government, Bigger Economy? Deficits and Growth. City of Melbourne event held at Federation Square, Melbourne. Co-panellists were The Hon. John Brumby, Professor Judith Sloan, and the CEO of ACOSS Dr Cassandra Goldie.
- 9 May 2014. Panellist, Carrots and Sticks: Economics in Design for ‘SOL:id’ RMIT University. Co-panellists were Dr Gretchen Wilkins, RMIT University and Ian Shears from City of Melbourne.
- September 2013. Interviewed for Radio National’s Hindsight in relation to the Sydney University political economy dispute.