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2016, September, 27

Measuring Fieldwork Feature

Performance measurement of data-driven fieldwork Data-driven fieldwork is rapidly emerging as a significant form of election campaigning in Australia. The recent double dissolution campaign set a new high water mark, with no fewer than six separate fieldwork campaigns conducted by political parties, independent candidates and third-party organisations. What did they do? And did it have any effect? To help answer such questions, as part of a wider study of fieldwork campaigning in Australian

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2016, May, 4

Australian Prime Ministers: the first 50 years

My review of an important new book on the Australian Prime Ministership has just been published in the Australian Book Review (May, 2016). Forget the weird cover of the book; the content is fascinating and important. The authors are Paul Strangio, Paul 't Hart and James Walter. They weave together the emergence of the office of Prime Minister (a process of historical institutionalism) with the role and impact of the individuals who occupied it (a process of human agency, or leadership). Here i

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2015, November, 16

Parties and Campaigning

  My new chapter on parties and election campaigns has been published (at last!). It's part of a great new collection of scholarly articles about Australian political parties (details below). I'm trying to show just how central the party officials are to the contemporary campaign model. Here's an excerpt:  "In pursuit of electoral success, national party officials responded to what they understood as the logic of electoral competition, which rewards campaigns that are centralised, s

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2015, October, 9

Henry Mayer award Feature

'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 poli

2015, June, 16

'Parties and Campaigns' in Contemporary Australian Political Party Organisations “It seems clear that the 'professional' tag refers not to the political skills and popularity of the leaders, or to the relative efficacy of the parties’ policies or ideologies, but to the capabilities of the rival parties’ organisations, particularly in the context of elections. ‘Professional’ describes, with positive and negative connotations, both the Liberal Party and the ALP, in government and in op

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2015, April, 2

The Baird Factor, the Abbott Factor and the Challenge for Labor My take on the Coalition's convincing victory in the NSW state election results, podcast via Inside Story. Access the interview at

2014, November, 21

Strategy, Money and the Rise of the Political Campaigner in Australia "The Professionals" tells the story of how Australian election campaigns and political parties have changed, from the pre-television era through to the social media/ micro-targeted campaigns of today. Who drives this change? The campaign professionals in the party head offices. The book, based on my PhD research, is published by Black Inc. For more details:

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