Dr Lindy Edwards

Senior lecturer in International & Political Studies
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
UNSW Canberra Cyber
+61 2 5114 5066
+61 2 6228 8879


Building 28

Room 119


Dr Lindy Edwards has worked as an economic adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, a press gallery journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald and has been a senior policy adviser to an Australian political party leader. After extensive experience in the Australia political system she returned to academia to complete her PhD at the Australian National University. 

Dr Edwards has been a Fellow of the Australian Prime Ministers Centre, the Centre for Policy Development and a board member of the think-tank Catalyst. She has been on the Economic Advisory Board of the Australian Conservation Foundation.  She appears regularly on The Drum on the ABC, and has a fortnightly slot on ABC radio. She has had a fortnightly column in The Age newspaper and she is a regular media commentator who has appeared on The Project,  The Times, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, Radio National, SBS radio, the Malaysia Straits Times, The Monthly, The New Matilda as well Sky News, Compass and most commercial television stations.

Dr Edwards specializes on the role of ideas and ideology in politics. Her early work focused on economic ideas and neoliberalism and the way they impact on political decision making and democratic practice. Her later work has expanded out to include the history of ideology in Australian politics and future directions in ideological debate. She has particular expertise on the current ideological realignments occurring within the major parties.

Dr Edwards is also working on political donations, lobbying and corporate power in the political decision making process. Her current work finds Australia is suffering from the 'Medici Cycle' where some companies have become so large, their power rivals government, and enables them to shape government regulation to serve their own interests.

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Edwards L, 2020, Corporate Power in Australia Do the 1% Rule?

Cahill D; Edwards L; Stilwell F, 2012, Neoliberalism: Beyond the Free Market, Cahill D; Edwards L; Stilwell F, (eds.), Edward Elgar, Cheltnam

2012, Neoliberalism: Beyond the Free Market, Edwards B, (ed.), Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltnam

Edwards L, 2012, The Passion of Politics: the role of ideology and political theory in Australia, 1, Allen & Unwin, Sydney

Book Chapters

Edwards L, 2013, 'Welcome Home: Preventing the next Culture War', in Lyons M; March A; Hogan A (ed.), Pushing Our Luck: Ideas for Australian Progress, Centre for Policy Development, Haymarket, N.S.W., pp. 156 - 169

Edwards B, 2012, 'Introduction: understanding neoliberalism beyond the free market', in Neoliberalism: Beyond the Free Market, edn. 1, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltnam, pp. 1 - 14

Journal articles

Edwards L, 2020, 'Corporate Power in Australia', Pearls and Irritations: A Public Policy Journal, https://johnmenadue.com/corporate-power-in-australia/

Edwards L, 2018, 'Corporate Power in Australian Policy Making: The Case of Unfair Contract Laws', Australian Journal of Public Administration, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12350

Edwards L, 2018, 'Ideology and Effective Government: Lessons from Rudd/Gillard Labor', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 77, pp. 744 - 756, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12315

Edwards BM, 2018, 'The truth about political donations: there is so much we don't know', The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/the-truth-about-political-donations-there-is-so-much-we-dont-know-91003

Edwards L, 2017, 'Are the Greens ‘neither left nor right but out in front’? What the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme debate reveals about ideological divisions between Labor and the Greens', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 77, pp. 658 - 671, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12304

Edwards L, 2017, 'Political Donations in Australia: What the Australian Electoral Commission disclosures reveal and what they don’t', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 77, pp. 392 - 403, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12283

Edwards BM, 2017, 'Forget Tony Abbott: Malcolm Turnbull is facing a once-in-a century upheaval to politics', The Sydney Morning Herald

Edwards BM, 2017, 'A solution for inequality lies in making business play nice', They Sydney Morning Herald, http://www.smh.com.au/comment/a-solution-for-inequality-lies-in-making-business-play-nice-20170213-gublz3.html

Edwards BM, 2016, 'The Business Council of Australia and its new head need a reality check', The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/the-business-council-of-australia-and-its-new-head-need-a-reality-check-69338

Edwards BM; Beech M, 2016, 'Labour parties, ideas transfer and ideological positioning: Australia and Britain compared', Policy Studies, vol. 37, pp. 486 - 498, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01442872.2016.1188914

Edwards BM, 2016, 'Turnbull's economic plan will divide both the Senate and business lobby groups', The Conversation

Edwards BM, 2016, 'Why the voice of Big Business is facing its biggest test', The Conversation

Edwards BM; Edwards L, 2016, 'What do businesses get in return for their political donations?', The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/what-do-businesses-get-in-return-for-their-political-donations-59601

Edwards BM, 2014, 'White Ribbon week missing the root cause of violence toward women', The Age, http://www.theage.com.au/comment/white-ribbon-week-missing-the-root-cause-of-violence-toward-women-20141126-11u8s9.html

Edwards BM, 2014, 'Palmer's everyman image battered by big money backflip', The Age, http://www.theage.com.au/comment/palmers-everyman-image-battered-by-bigmoney-backflip-20141125-11talm.html

Edwards BM, 2014, 'Time to salvage our patriotic ideals', The Age, http://www.theage.com.au/comment/time-to-salvage-our-patriotic-ideals-20140930-10nvdg.html

Edwards BM, 2014, 'Battle of the fittest in Abbott's pure world', The Age, http://www.theage.com.au/comment/battle-of-the-fittest-in-abbotts-pure-world-20140212-32i5b.html

Edwards BM, 2011, 'Contesting neoliberalism and its future', Dialogue, vol. 13, pp. 78 - 80, https://cms.assa.edu.au/.pdf/reports/ASSA_WorkshopReport_80.pdf

Edwards B, 2010, 'Keeping it real on asylum seekers', The Age, vol. 25 June, http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/keeping-it-real-on-asylum-seekers-20100625-z93r.html

Conference Papers

Edwards BM, 2016, 'The Liberal-Conservative Fracture in the Liberal Party of Australia', in The Liberal-Conservative Fracture in the Liberal Party of Australia, Australian Political Science Association, UNSW, Sydney, presented at Australian Political Science Association, UNSW, Sydney, 26 September 2016 - 28 September 2016

Edwards BM, 2014, 'The Ideology of the Rudd/Gillard Labor Government: Half Broken?', in Australian Political Studies Association Conference Papers, Australian Political Science Association, Sydney, presented at Australian Political Science Association, Sydney, 28 September 2014 - 01 October 2015

Edwards BM, 2013, 'New Approaches to the Study of Ideology', in New Approaches to the Study of Ideology, Midwestern Political Science Association 71st Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, USA, presented at Midwestern Political Science Association 71st Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 11 April 2013 - 14 April 2013

Edwards B, 2012, 'The importance of the study of ideology to the study of Politics in Australia', in Australian Political Studies Association Conference Proceedings 2012, Australian Political Studies Association Conference, Hobart, presented at Australian Political Studies Association Conference, Hobart

Conference Presentations

Edwards L, 2020, 'The Political Implications of the Problem of Scarcity', presented at Australian Political Theory Conference, Melbourne, 13 February 2020 - 14 February 2020

Edwards L, 2020, 'Corporate Power in Australia: Key Findings', presented at Australian International Political Economy Network Conference, University of Sydney, Sydney, 06 February 2020 - 07 February 2020

Edwards L, 2020, 'Corporate Power In Australia: the Impact on Public Policy', presented at Public Policy Network Conference, University of Queensland, Brisbane, 29 January 2020 - 31 January 2020

Edwards L, 2019, 'Corporate Power in Australia: the Importance of Parties', presented at APSA Political Parties and Participation Workshop, Australian National University, Canberra, 21 November 2019 - 22 November 2019

Edwards L, 2019, 'Question Time as Gender Performance', presented at 'Gender In Australian Politics' APSA Workshop, July 2019, Monash University, Melbourne, 18 July 2019 - 19 July 2019

Edwards L, 2019, 'Has Neoliberalism Failed?', presented at Australian Conference of Economists, Melbourne, 14 July 2019 - 16 July 2019

Edwards L, 2019, ''Do the 1% Rule? Evidence from Australia' 'Democracy, Corporations and the Limits of the Market' July 9-11 University of Minho, Braga, Spain.', presented at 10th Braga Summer School in Of Philosophy and Public Policy, University of Minho, Braga, Spain, 09 July 2019 - 11 July 2019

Edwards BM, 2014, '"Logics of Order" and Unlocking the Role of Ideology in a Globalizing Governance Landscape', presented at International Political Science Association Conference, Montreal, 20 July 2014 - 25 July 2014


Edwards BM, 2016, Dark Money: The Hidden Millions in Australia's Political Finance System, GetUp!, http://cdn.getup.org.au/1969-Dark_Money.pdf

Edwards BM, 2016, Reforming the Political Funding Disclosure Regime, Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, Parliament of Australia, 91, http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Electoral_Matters/2016Election/Submissions


Edwards L, 2020, Labor is fighting a false war that overlooks its real challenge, https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-10/labor-election-post-mortem-delivered-a-mixed-message/11682032

Edwards L, 2020, Fend for yourself, people: a tone-deaf government plays dangerous politics, https://www.smh.com.au/national/fend-for-yourself-people-a-tone-deaf-government-plays-dangerous-politics-20200514-p54sxg.html

Edwards L, 2020, Corporate power in Australia: do the 1% rule?, https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/dr-lindy-edwards/11950828

Edwards L, 2019, The Left need to start talking about the long chain economy, https://www.chifley.org.au/the-left-needs-to-start-talking-about-the-long-chain-economy/

Edwards L, 2017, Forget Tony Abbott: Malcolm Turnbull is facing a once-in-a-century upheaval to politics, https://www.smh.com.au/opinion/malcolm-turnbull-is-facing-a-oncein50years-upheaval-to-politics-20170309-guu0bo.html