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Trade, finance and investment movements across borders have proceeded apace under globalisation. But people movements have advanced less so. More restrictive regulation of such movement is common in the name of the national interest. The nature of national interest rationales, the national regulatory policies that result for migration, and the possibilities for a more liberal global regime are to be explored. Since Australia has one of the highest population shares of overseas-born, its national migration policy and regulatory approach are of particular interest, as is its approach to international policy.
Glenn Withers is Visiting Professor in the Regulatory Institutions Network and an Economics Professor in the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics at ANU. He is President-Elect of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, was founding CEO of Universities Australia and was previously Professor of Public Policy and Head of Department at ANU. He has worked in government, including as Head of the Economic Planning Advisory Commission for Prime Minister Keating and most recently has served as Strategic Adviser for the Department of Finance. Earlier he helped develop the Australian points system for immigration, while co-Chair of the National Population Council. His academic publications cover topics in applied economics ranging from conscription through the performing arts to immigration and labour. He is co-editor of the Cambridge Economic History of Australia, just published in November 2014.