Donald Markwell

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Professor Donald John 'Don' Markwell (born 19 April 1959, in Quilpie, Queensland, Australia) is an Australian social scientist and educational leader.[1] He has been Senior Adviser on Higher Education to the Australian Minister for Education since 2013.[2]

Writings[edit]

Markwell's academic works include contributions to international relations, political science, the history of economic thought, public law, and education. They address such questions as how to promote order and peace in the international society of states, the role of conventions in constitutional systems, and the best education for the 21st century.

His John Maynard Keynes and International Relations: Economic Paths to War and Peace[3] was widely cited in the Keynesian revival of 2008 for its emphasis on international economic cooperation (including the international coordination of economic policies and the development of international economic institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and World Bank) and on economic causes of war and economic means to promote peace.[4] It was also cited in a 2013 controversy for rebutting the claim of Niall Ferguson that the ideas in Keynes's The Economic Consequences of the Peace (1919) were significantly influenced by Keynes's attraction to a German, Carl Melchior.[5][6]

John Maynard Keynes and International Relations: Economic Paths to War and Peace[7] is one of a number of Markwell's publications on John Maynard Keynes,[8] and on idealism (international relations) (especially interwar idealists, such as Sir Alfred Zimmern, who sought to promote the 'rule of law' in international society,[9] Florence Stawell (known as Melian Stawell), and Keynes, who sought economic means to promote peace; and a generation earlier, Cecil Rhodes, who aimed to promote peace through international scholarships[10]). Markwell's contributions to international relations are in the tradition of Hedley Bull, adding an emphasis on economic determinants of order in the international society of states.

Markwell's writings in political science and public law have been especially concerned with constitutional issues, including federalism, constitutional conventions in the Westminster system, and the monarchy and republicanism in Commonwealth countries, including the reserve powers.[11] He uncovered the extensive history of consultations of judges of the High Court of Australia (such as Sir Samuel Griffith and Sir Edmund Barton) by Governor-Generals of Australia.[12] He worked closely with the former Governor-General of Australia, Sir Zelman Cowen, in the writing of A public life: the memoirs of Zelman Cowen.[13]

In 1984, he co-edited with George Brandis and Tom Harley a collection of essays, Liberals face the future: essays on Australian liberalism.[14] In 2013, he has co-edited with Rachael Thompson and Julian Leeser a further collection of essays, State of the Nation: aspects of Australian public policy, with critiques of Australian public policy since 2007 by 15 non-partisan experts.[15][16]

Markwell's A large and liberal education': higher education for the 21st century[17][14] reflects his advocacy of broad undergraduate education (liberal education), improving teaching and learning in universities,[18] equity and access, the value of collegiate education [15] and student engagement, and the importance of educational philanthropy.

Its sequel, 'Instincts to lead': on leadership, peace, and education,[19] based on Markwell's speeches and writings on those topics as Warden of Rhodes House, Oxford, and as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of Western Australia, was published in August 2013. (The title is drawn from Cecil Rhodes saying in his Will that he wanted as Rhodes Scholars young people with 'instincts to lead'.[20])

Career[edit]

Rhodes Scholar for Queensland for 1981, Markwell was educated at the University of Queensland, University of Oxford, and Princeton University, studying economics, law, and international relations. He was Fellow and Tutor in Politics at Merton College, University of Oxford, from 1986 to 1997; Warden (president) of Trinity College (University of Melbourne) from 1997 to 2007; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) of the University of Western Australia from 2007 to 2009; and Warden of Rhodes House, Oxford, from 2009 to 2012 (in succession to Sir Colin Lucas).[21]

In 2007-2009, Markwell led a curriculum review at the University of Western Australia which proposed significant curriculum reform,[22] which has been implemented as 'New Courses 2012'.[23]

As Warden of Rhodes House from 2009 to 2012, Markwell expanded activities for Rhodes Scholars in Oxford; expanded alumni communications, events, and consultation; initiated governance reform; and raised significant funds to support the Rhodes Scholarships.[24] As well as discussing leadership, liberal education and collegiate education, his speeches drew attention to Cecil Rhodes' goal of promoting international peace.[25] He is credited with helping to initiate the review of undergraduate women's leadership at Princeton University chaired by Nannerl O. Keohane,[26] and helping to open all-male scholarships in South Africa to women.[27]

In September 2012, it was announced that Markwell had decided to step down as Warden of Rhodes House to return to Australia, where his family live. The Chairman of the Rhodes Trust, Dr John Hood, paid tribute to 'the extraordinary energy and commitment Dr Markwell has brought to the advancement of the Rhodes Trust's affairs', and to the 'many notable accomplishments under his leadership'.[28]

In October 2012, Markwell was appointed Executive Director of the Menzies Research Centre, a public policy think tank in Australia named for Australia's longest-serving Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies, and associated with the Liberal Party of Australia.[29] In this role, his activities included leadership in consultation for a 'New Colombo Plan' to encourage Australian university students to study abroad in Asia-Pacific universities,[30][31] and co-editing State of the Nation: aspects of Australian public policy, with critiques of Australian public policy since 2007 by 15 non-partisan experts.[32][33]

In October 2013, following the Australian federal election of September 2013, Markwell was appointed as Senior Adviser on Higher Education to the new Australian Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne MP.[34]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ http://www.menziesrc.org/news/item/dr-don-markwell-to-become-senior-adviser-on-higher-education-to-minister-for-education http://www.afr.com/p/national/education/don_markwell_is_the_best_qualified_NrdbvSZhFVONEXsdbQrNVL
  3. ^ Donald Markwell (2006), John Maynard Keynes and International Relations: Economic Paths to War and Peace, Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press.
  4. ^ E.g.,
  5. ^ http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/nick-cohen/2013/05/more-niallism-keynes-opposed-versailles-because-he-was-a-screaming-queen/
  6. ^ http://delong.typepad.com/sdj/2013/05/keynesian-economics-the-gay-science.html
  7. ^ Donald Markwell (2006), John Maynard Keynes and International Relations: Economic Paths to War and Peace, Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press.
  8. ^ E.g., Donald Markwell (2000), Keynes and Australia, Sydney: Reserve Bank of Australia. [2] Donald Markwell (2009), Keynes and International Economic and Political Relations, Trinity Paper No. 33, Trinity College, University of Melbourne.[3]
  9. ^ E.g., Donald Markwell (1986), 'Sir Alfred Zimmern Revisited: Fifty Years On', Review of International Studies.
  10. ^ http://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/news/cecil-rhodess-vision-of-peace-highlighted , http://files.rhodes.gethifi.com/Ottawa_September_2011_To_render_war_impossible.pdf
  11. ^ E.g., Donald Markwell (1987), The Crown and Australia, London: University of London - [4]. "Constitutional conventions", in Brian Galligan & Winsome Roberts (eds), The Oxford Companion to Australian Politics, Oxford University Press, 2007.
  12. ^ Donald Markwell (1999), 'Griffith, Barton and the Early Governor-Generals: Aspects of Australia's Constitutional Development', Public Law Review.
  13. ^ Zelman Cowen (2006), A public life: The memoirs of Zelman Cowen, Melbourne: Melbourne University Publishing.
  14. ^ George Brandis, Tom Harley, Don Markwell (eds) (1984), Liberals face the future: essays on Australian liberalism, Oxford & Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  15. ^ http://www.menziesrc.org/publications/item/state-of-the-nation-aspects-of-australian-public-policy?category_id=57
  16. ^ http://www.connorcourt.com/catalog1/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=7&products_id=242
  17. ^ Donald Markwell(2007), A large and liberal education': higher education for the 21st century, Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing & Trinity College, University of Melbourne
  18. ^ [5]
  19. ^ Donald Markwell (2013), Instincts to lead': on leadership, peace, and education, Connor Court, Australia [6]
  20. ^ http://files.rhodesscholarshiptrust.com/governancedocs/WillandCodicils.pdf
  21. ^ [7]
  22. ^ [8]
  23. ^ [9]
  24. ^ [10]
  25. ^ [11]
  26. ^ [12]
  27. ^ [13]
  28. ^ http://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/news/chairman-announces-dr-don-markwells-resignation-as-warden-of-rhodes-house
  29. ^ http://www.menziesrc.org/news/item/professor-don-markwell-to-lead-menzies-research-centre?category_id=24
  30. ^ http://www.menziesrc.org/news/item/new-colombo-plan?category_id=24
  31. ^ http://www.afr.com/p/national/education/new_rhodes_lead_to_asia_VK2m99dFWxStFiTHg9FEQK
  32. ^ http://www.menziesrc.org/publications/item/state-of-the-nation-aspects-of-australian-public-policy?category_id=57
  33. ^ http://www.connorcourt.com/catalog1/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=7&products_id=242
  34. ^ http://www.menziesrc.org/news/item/dr-don-markwell-to-become-senior-adviser-on-higher-education-to-minister-for-education http://www.afr.com/p/national/education/don_markwell_is_the_best_qualified_NrdbvSZhFVONEXsdbQrNVL

Books[edit]

  • George Brandis, Tom Harley, Don Markwell (eds) (1984), Liberals face the future: essays on Australian liberalism, Oxford & Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • D J Markwell (1987), The Crown and Australia, London: University of London.[16]
  • Donald Markwell (2000), Keynes and Australia, Sydney: Reserve Bank of Australia.[17]
  • Donald Markwell (ed) (2003), Improving Teaching and Learning in Universities, B-HERT NEWS, Business-Higher Education Round Table, Melbourne [18]
  • Sir Zelman Cowen (2006), A public life: The memoirs of Zelman Cowen, Melbourne: Melbourne University Publishing.
  • Donald Markwell (2006), John Maynard Keynes and International Relations: Economic Paths to War and Peace, Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Donald Markwell (2007), A large and liberal education': higher education for the 21st century, Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing & Trinity College, University of Melbourne.
  • Donald Markwell (2009), Keynes and International Economic and Political Relations, Trinity Paper No. 33, Trinity College, University of Melbourne.[19] See also [20]
  • Donald Markwell (2010), The need for breadth: on liberal education and the value of university residential colleges, Ashley Lectures, Trent University, Canada.
  • Don Markwell, Rachael Thompson & Julian Leeser (eds) (2013), State of the Nation: aspects of Australian public policy, Connor Court.[21]
  • Donald Markwell (2013), 'Instincts to lead': on leadership, peace, and education, Connor Court - August 2013. [22]

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