Professor Stephen Bell
Professor in Political Economy
|Qualifications:||BSc (Hons), PhD, FASSA|
|511, General Purpose North 3 (#39A)
+61 7 3365 7013
+61 7 3365 1388
- Governance and Public Policy
- Australian Politics
- Political Economy
|POLS7101||Dynamics of Governance|
|POLS7107||Globalisation, International Political Economy and Development|
Stephen Bell is Professor in Political Economy at the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland. Prior to joining UQ in 1999, Stephen held positions at Griffith University, the University of New England, and the University of Tasmania. He has held visiting positions at the ANU and at the Copenhagen Business School. He has been appointed as an Honourary Professor in the Department of Politics, University of Sheffield. He served as Head of the School of Government at the University of Tasmania and Head of the School of Political Science and International Studies at UQ. Stephen is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.
Professor Bell's main teaching and research interests focus on questions of governance and institutional development, with special reference to the politics of economic policy. Theoretically, his work is focused on institiutional theory and explanations of institutional change. His current empirical work focuses on Chinese central banking and bank reform, as well as a four country study of banking crises in the context of the Global Financial Crisis. Stephen Bell has produced nine books and over 80 journal articles and book chapters, a selection of these appear below. He is the recipient of four major ARC Large Grants and Discovery research grants.
- Bell, Stephen and Hui Feng. 2014. Too Important to Fail: The Politics of Banking Reform in China, forthcoming
- Bell, Stephen and Andrew HIndmoor. 2014. Masters of the Universe but Slave of the Market: Bankers and the Great Financial Meltdown... and how some banks avoided the Carnage, forthcoming: Harvard University Press
- Bell, Stephen and Hui Feng. 2013. The Rise of the People's Bank of China: The Politics of Institutional Development in China's Monetary and Financial Systems. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
- Bell, Stephen and Andrew Hindmoor. 2009, Rethinking Governance: The Centrality of the State in Modern Societies, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
- Bell, Stephen. 2004. Australia’s Money Mandarins: The Reserve Bank and the Politics of Money. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Bell, Stephen. 1997. Ungoverning the Economy: The Political Economy of Australian Economic Policy. Melbourne: Oxford University Press
- Bell, Stephen. 1993. Australian Manufacturing and the State: The Politics of Industry Policy in Post-War Era. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Bell, Stephen (ed). 2002. The Institutional Dynamics of Australian Economic Governance. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
- Bell, Stephen (ed). 2002. The Unemployment Crisis: Which Way Out? Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Bell, Stephen and Brian Head (eds). 1994. State, Economy and Public Policy in Australia. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
- Bell, Stephen and John Wanna (eds). 1992. Business-Government Relations in Australia. Sydney: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
- Bell, Stephen. and Hindmoor, Andrew. "Rethinking the Structured Power of Business: The Strange Case of the Australian Mining Tax", forthcoming, New Political Economy.
- Bell, Stephen. "How Proximate and 'Meta-institutional' Contexts Shape Institutional Change: Explaining the Rise of the People's Bank of China", forthcoming, Political Studies.
- Bell, Stephen 2012. ‘Where are the Institutions? The Limits of Vivien Schmidt’s Constructivism’, British Journal of Political Science, 42:714 -719.
- Bell, Stephen. 2012. ‘The Power of Ideas: The Ideational Shaping of the Structural Power of Business', Internatonal Studies Quarterly, 56:661 - 673.
- Bell, Stephen. and Hindmoor, Andrew. 2012. ‘Governance without Government? The Case of the Forest Stewardship Council, Public Administration 90:144-159..
- Bell, Stephen. 2011. ‘Do We Really Need a New ‘Constructivist Institutionalism’ to Explain Institutional Change?’, British Journal of Political Science, 44: 883-906.
- Bell, Stephen, Hindmoor, Andrew and Mols, Frank. 2010. Persuasion as governance: A state-centric relational perspective. Public Administration, 88 3: 851-870.
- Bell, Stephen. and Feng, Hui. 2009, 'Institutional Change Chinese Style: Reforming the Stock Market', Political Studies, 57:117-40.
- Bell, Stephen. and Beeson, Mark. 2009, ‘The G20 and International Economic Governance: Hegemony, Collectivism or Both?’, Global Governance,15: 67-86.
- Bell, Stephen. and Quiggin, John. 2008, ‘The Limits of Markets and the Politics of Water Management in Rural Australia’, Environmental Politics, 17: 712-29.
- Bell, Stephen. 2008, ‘Rethinking the Role of the State: Explaining Business Collective Action at the Business Council of Australia’, Polity, 40:464-87.
- Bell, Stephen. 2007, ‘A Victim of its Own Success: Internationalisation, Neoliberalism and Organisational Involution at the Businesses Council of Australia’ Politics and Society, 34; 543-70.
- Bell, Stephen. and Feng, Hui. 2007. ‘Made in China: IT Infrastructure Policy and the Politics of Trade Opening in Post-WTO China’ Review of International Political Economy, 14: 49-76.
- Bell, Stephen. and Quiggin, John. 2006. ‘Asset Price Instability and Policy Responses: The Legacy of Liberalisation’. Journal of Economic Issues 40(3): 629-649.
- Bell, Stephen. and Park, Alex. 2006. ‘The Problematic Metagoverance of Networks: Water Reform in New South Wales’. Journal of Public Policy 26(1): 63-83.
- Bell, Stephen. 2005. ‘How Tight Are the Policy Constraints?: The Policy Convergence Thesis, Institutionally Situated Actors and Expansionary Monetary Policy in Australia’. New Political Economy 10(1): 67-92.
- Bell, Stephen. 2004. 'Inflation-Plus Targeting at the Reserve Bank of Australia', Australian Economic Review, 37: 391-401.
- Bell, Stephen. 2002. ‘The Limits of Rational Choice: New Institutionalism in the Test Bed of Central Banking Politics in Australia’. Political Studies 50(3): 477-96.
- Bell, Stephen. 1995. ‘Between the Market and the State: The Role of Business Associations in Public Policy: Evidence from Australia’. Comparative Politics 28(1): 25-53.
Current and Research PhD Supervision
- State Capacity and China's Oil Security
- Business - Government Relations and Corruption in Indonesia
- Alliance Capitalism and the Wireless Communication Sector in China
- Fiscal Politics and Local - Central Relations in China
- The Governance of Urban Water
- Associative Governance of Fisheries in Europe and Asia