|Profile of yourself
||Benjamin is a Postgraduate Teaching Fellow with the Department of Government & International Relations. He holds a number of scholarships and awards, including an Australian Postgraduate Award, University of Sydney Merit Award, and the 2010 Best Postgraduate Paper by the Australian Political Studies Association. He was also a visiting research fellow at the WZB (Berlin Social Science Research Centre) in Jan-Feb 2011. Benjamin holds a BA (Honours) in Sociology and Communication & Cultural Studies from the University of Wollongong, where in 2008 he graduated with First-Class Honours, and was awarded both the University Medal and the Chancellor Robert Hope Memorial Prize. His Honours thesis focused on the intersection of political theory and national identity in the Cronulla Riots.
|Information about your thesis
||Populism remains a slippery concept in both political science and political theory. Against dominant conceptions of populism as ideology, discourse or strategy, this thesis argues for a new understanding of populism as a ‘political style’. Drawing on empirical case studies from across the globe - Australia, the United States, Venezuela, the Netherlands and Thailand – it brings together political theory and political sociology to conceptualize this political style, and in doing so, sheds a new light on populism’s ambiguous relationship with representation, complexity, crisis, governance and democracy.
|Publications and presentations
- Moffitt, B. (2011) Review of Benjamin Arditi’s Politics on the Edges of Liberalism in Political Studies Review, Vol. 9, No. 1, p. 67.
- Moffitt, B. & Snow, D. (2011) ‘Straddling the Divide: Conservatism and Populism in Harper’s Canada and Howard’s Australia’ at Canadian Political Studies Annual Conference, Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada, 16-18 May [refereed].
- Moffitt, B. (2011) ‘Speaking for the People: Contemporary Populism & Representation’ at ‘Representation and Its Discontents’, Sydney Democracy Initiative Symposium, University of Sydney, February 24-25.
- Moffitt, B. (2010) ‘Ordinary Australians, Working Families and Battlers: The ‘Mainstreaming’ of Populism in Australian Politics’ at Double Vision: Biennial Australian Studies Conference, University of Sydney, 25-26 November.
- Moffitt, B. (2010) ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Populism as the Awkward Dinner Guest of Democracy’ at Connected Globe, Conflicting Worlds: Australian Political Studies Association Conference, University of Melbourne, 27-29 September [refereed].
- Moffitt, B. & Nguyen, S. (2008) ‘Relational Leadership: How Students Build It’ at Relationships for Educational Excellence: 7th International Conference on Educational Leadership, University of Wollongong, 14-15 February.