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2014 Fulbright Fellowship

I have been fortunate enough to be awarded a Fulbright Senior Fellowship to study in the United States for three months in fall 2014.

I will be based at George Mason University’s Arlington Campus on the doorstep of DC but given my Fulbright research will focus on the impact of the Financial Crisis on US federalism (and lessons for Australia) I will be travelling widely within the US to get a range of regional perspectives these issues.

This research project is extremely relevant to the current Australian debate on federalism reform, especially since the Commonwealth’s Commission of Audit recommended adopting the US practice of the State sharing federal income taxes.

More information on the Fulbright award can be found here

Cost of Living Study Released – February 2014

I released a study on the changing cost of living pressures facing Tasmanian households in the lead-up to the March 2014 State election. Using the Household Income and Labour Dynamics Australia (HILDA) data the study highlights how cost of living pressures on low income Tasmanian households are intensifying and that increasing numbers of households in the bottom 20% of the income distribution are spending all of the disposable income on necessities of life – this is unsustaibable. The study also sketches a reform agenda for the next Tasmanian Government.

The report is available here and received a good deal of press coverage in the local media.

Developing a new evaluation framework for Tasmanian health promotion project

In November 2013 the UTAS Health Governance and Promotion Research group were contracted to develop an evaluation framework for Tasmania Medicare Local’s (TML) Social Determinants of Health Project. The broader SDoH initiative involves developing long term community-based strategies promote health and well being in disadvantaged communities. We believe that such approaches to health promotion represent an important strategy for ensuring the long term sustainability of our health system.

New Book Published – The Dynamics of Global Economic Governance – December 2012

My three year research project on international tax cooperation in the aftermath of financial crisis has culminated with the publication of The Dynamics of Global Economic Governance:The Financial Crisis, The OECD and the Politics of International Tax Cooperation in December 2012. Sincere thanks to the many and varied friends and colleagues who helped with this project.

Details of the book are available here:

ARC Grant Success – November 2012

I was fortunate enough to receive Australian Research Council Funding for two research projects in the 2012 funding round.

The first grant is for a project on ‘Rebuilding Fiscal Federalism’ ($210,000; 2013-15) with Rick Krever from Monash University.

The second grant is on promoting compliance in global governance and is a continuation of my research on international tax cooperation. This project received $190,000 (2013-15) and will be a collaboration with Wes Widmaier from Griffith University.

Research Grants

2014 Fulbright Fellowship

I have been fortunate enough to be awarded a Fulbright Senior Fellowship to study in the United States for three months in fall 2014.

I will be based at George Mason University’s Arlington Campus on the doorstep of DC but given my Fulbright research will focus on the impact of the Financial Crisis on US federalism (and lessons for Australia) I will be travelling widely within the US to get a range of regional perspectives these issues.

This research project is extremely relevant to the current Australian debate on federalism reform, especially since the Commonwealth’s Commission of Audit recommended adopting the US practice of the State sharing federal income taxes.

More information on the Fulbright award can be found here

Developing a new evaluation framework for Tasmanian health promotion project

In November 2013 the UTAS Health Governance and Promotion Research group were contracted to develop an evaluation framework for Tasmania Medicare Local’s (TML) Social Determinants of Health Project. The broader SDoH initiative involves developing long term community-based strategies promote health and well being in disadvantaged communities. We believe that such approaches to health promotion represent an important strategy for ensuring the long term sustainability of our health system.

ARC Grant Success – November 2012

I was fortunate enough to receive Australian Research Council Funding for two research projects in the 2012 funding round.

The first grant is for a project on ‘Rebuilding Fiscal Federalism’ ($210,000; 2013-15) with Rick Krever from Monash University.

The second grant is on promoting compliance in global governance and is a continuation of my research on international tax cooperation. This project received $190,000 (2013-15) and will be a collaboration with Wes Widmaier from Griffith University.

ARC Grant Success

Along with Aynsley Kellow I was fortunate enough to receive a $66,000 Australian Research Council Discovery Grant to fund my research on international taxation. The details of the funding are as follows:

DP1095946 Dr R Eccleston; Prof AJ Kellow
Project Title: Interdependence, transnational institutions and the governance of international taxation in the 21st Century
Project Funding:
2010 : $ 22,000
2011 : $ 22,000
2012 : $ 22,000
Primary RFCD: 3602 POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION
Institution: University of Tasmania
Project Summary: The global financial crisis is placing national tax systems under unprecedented competitive pressures. In such an environment the need for international tax cooperation has never been greater. Using comparative analysis this project will seek to establish which transnational institutions and governance systems best support international tax cooperation. By doing so it will enhance both the ability of state and non-state actors to develop and refine strategies for participating in such systems and the prospects for achieving cooperation in this critical aspect of world affairs.

ARC Discovery Grant Application

February 2009  -  ARC Discovery Application. In February 2009 Professor Aynsley Kellow and I  submitted a grant application to the Australian Research Council to fund research on the governance of international taxation in the aftermath of the GFC over the next three years.  The project is entitled ‘Interdependence, transnational institutions and the governance of international taxation in the 21st Century’ and successful projects the 2009 ARC funding round will be announced in November.

Research Publications: Books

Politics for Business Students: A Comparative Introduction

Politics for Business Students(with Robyn Hollander, Elizabeth van Acker and Paul Williams) 2009, Pearson Education, Sydney. 198pp.
ISBN 978 1 44251 0586

Politics for Business Students is an introductory text which offers a clear and concise account of how political institutions and practices in both Australia and abroad influence business in the 21st century.

http://www.pearson.com.au/Catalogue/TitleDetails.aspx?isbn=9781442510586

Regulating International Business

Regulating International Business(with Peter Carroll) 2008, Pearson Education, Sydney. 250 pp.
ISBN 9780733986185

Regulating International Business examines how international business managers manage the impact of different sets of national and international policies and regulations on their business. The text details the implications of failing to manage these policies and regulations and shows students how to identify the range and type of regulations to which the international business is subject, how they develop and their purposes.

http://www.pearson.com.au/Catalogue/TitleDetails.aspx?isbn=9780733986185

Taxing Reforms

Taxing ReformsThe comparative political economy of consumption tax reform in the United States, Canada, Japan and Australia. 2007. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham. 191 pp.
ISBN 978 1 84542 1205

‘Taxing Reforms is commendable both because it makes an important contribution to our substantive knowledge about the politics of consumption taxes and also because it is one of the rare attempts to systematically compare an important policy arena across four distinct democracies. Thus we learn both about the politics of consumption taxation and about how four different democracies address some of the most difficult policy choices any country can face. The book will be of great interest to students of comparative politics and public policy alike.’
– Sven Steinmo, European University Institute (EUI), Italy

http://www.e-elgar.co.uk/Bookentry_Main.lasso?id=3655

Foundations of Australian Politics

Foundations of Australian Politics(with Paul Williams). 2006.  Pearson Education, Sydney. vii + 134 pp.
ISBN 0 733978045

The Foundations of Australian Politics is a popular introductory text with over 2500 copies having been sold since publication. It provides an overview of the substantive features of the Australian political system so that students can better understand the impact of political processes on their field of study.

http://www.pearson.com.au/Catalogue/TitleDetails.aspx?isbn=9780733978043

The thirty year problem: The politics of Australian tax reform

The Thirty Year Problem2004. The Australian Tax Research Foundation, Sydney. ix + 206 pp.
ISBN 0 949482 81

‘Richard Eccleston’s fine book provides an original analysis of state capacity and the politics of Australian tax reform from Federation through to the introduction of a value added tax in the 1990s and the Australian tax system’s contemporary problems.’

Professor Len Seabrooke, (Professor of International Political Economy and Director of the Centre for the Study of Globalisation, University of Warwick)

Journal Articles

Recent Publications – early 2011

Some of my recent publications include:

  • ‘The OECD in Global Economic Governance’   The Australian Journal of International Affairs. Vol 65, No. 2. March 2011
  • ‘The evolution of Labor’s health reform agenda: A preliminary assessment.’ Public Policy. Vol.5, No. 2., 2010.
  • ‘The Henry Tax Review, Cartel Parties and the Reform Capacity of the Australian State’ (with Ian Marsh), The Australian Journal of Political Science. September 2011.
  • ‘Revolution or Evolution: Sovereignty, the Financial Crisis and the Governance of International Taxation’, Journal of Applied Law and Policy. November 2011

Feel Free to email me if you would like copies of any of these papers.

1. ‘Righting Australia’s Vertical fiscal Imbalance: Transferring Public Hospital Funding as an Option for reform’

Agenda. Vol 15, No.3. 2008.   (Category ‘A’ journal in the ARC’s draft  SBS rankings)

2. ‘‘The double edged sword’ Tax cut politics and the 2007 federal election campaign’

Social Alternatives. Vol 27, no.2, 2008.

3. ‘Macroeconomic stabilisation and its implications for personal income tax reform in the lead-up to the 2007 federal election’

Australian Tax Forum. Vo.22, No.3, 2007.  (Category ‘A’ journal in the ARC’s final HCA rankings)

4. ‘The Howard Government, capital taxation and the limits of redistribution?’

The Australian Journal of Political Science. Vol 42, No.2, 2007. (Category ‘A’ journal in the ARC’s draft  SBS rankings)

Book Chapters

1. ‘Political Economy’

‘Political Economy’ in R.A.W. Rhodes (ed) The Australian Study of Politics. Forthcoming 2009. Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire.

2. ‘Politics for Business Students: An introduction’

‘Politics for Business Students: An introduction’ in Politics for Business Students: A Comparative introduction. 2009, Pearson Education, Sydney.

3. ‘The Constitutional Foundations of Government’

‘The Constitutional Foundations of Government’ in Politics for Business Students: A Comparative introduction. 2009, Pearson Education, Sydney.

4. ‘Interest groups and business associations’

‘Interest groups and business associations’ in Eccleston, R. & Williams, P. (2006) Foundations of Australian Politics. Pearson Education, Sydney.

5. ‘Regulating Finance and Capital’

‘Regulating Finance and Capital’ in Regulating International Business. 2008, Pearson Education, Sydney. 250 pp. ISBN 9780733986185.