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Henry Mayer award

Henry Mayer book prize 2015

'The Professionals' wins Henry Mayer book prize

Thanks to the Australian Political Studies Association, 'The Professionals' has been awarded the Henry Mayer Book Prize for Australian Politics 2015. The Prize, awarded biennially, recognises the best book on Australian politics (including political history) published during the previous two years. The award was announced at APSA's annual conference at the University of Canberra in September 2015.

Henry Mayer was a giant in Australian political studies. Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney 1969-84, Mayer essentialy founded and pioneered the study of Australian elections and of media communications. His edited book Labor to Power: Australia's 1972 Election (Angus and Robertson 1973) was the first national election study published in this country - a landmark event. The Professionals follows in its wake, so it's a deep honour to have my work recognised in this way.

 - Stephen Mills, October 2015 

See details of the Award at the APSA website

See publication details of The Professional at the Black Inc website

See Henry Mayer's biography in the Australian Dictionary of Biography

Stephen Mills

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I lecture at the Graduate School of Government, University of Sydney, on Public Sector Leadership. I served as speechwriter to Prime Minister Hon RJL Hawke (1986-91), and before that I was a journalist and editor for Fairfax newspapers 'The Age', 'Australian Financial Review' and 'Sydney Morning Herald'. I have more than 10 years experience in corporate affairs and issues management in the Australian financial services sector. I have a PhD from the University of Sydney (2013) and a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School (1985). My book The New Machine Men (1986) dealt with the first applications of public opinion polling and TV advertising in Australian elections.

Browse this site to find my earlier publications dealing with Australian election campaigns and political parties. I'm also interested in market research, campaign strategy, and public sector leadership.  I'd be happy to get your comments and feedback about anything on this site, by email at

Stephen Mills