Why did Australia fare so well in the global financial crisis?

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Introduction The history of corporate governance is also a history of crises and scandals. Klaus J. Hopt Australia provides an intriguing case study in relation to the global financial crisis. At first sight, at least, Australia appears to have withstood the crisis remarkably well, living up to its famous description as “the lucky country.” This has been the source of numerous laudatory statements by government officials and others throughout the global financial crisis. In 2008, the Governor of Reserve Bank of Australia commented, for example, that “there would be very few countries, if any, which would not envy Australia's fiscal position.” Although the impact of the financial crisis has been less severe in Australia than in many other jurisdictions, including common law jurisdictions such as the United Kingdom and the United States, it cannot be said that Australia escaped the crisis unscathed. There were, for example, a number of high-profile corporate collapses. Also, more recently, messages concerning the state of the Australian economy have become decidedly mixed. There is a growing perception that economic performance is uneven, and that there exists a widening “two speed” or “multi-speed” economy, where “not everybody… is in the fast lane.” This refers to the fact that, in contrast to Australia’s booming resources sector, large segments of the economy have experienced weak consumer spending in recent times.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Regulatory Aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis
EditorsEilís Ferran, Niamh Moloney, Jennifer G. Hill, John C. Coffee
Place of PublicationCambridge UK
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages98
ISBN (Electronic)9781139175821
ISBN (Print)9781107024595
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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