Authored Books

Recent publications from the staff of the Department of Government and International Relations. Books are organised into the department's five major research areas: international relations, public policy, political theory, comparative politics, and Australian politics.

International Relations

Female Soldiers in Sierra Leone: Sex, Security, and Post-Conflict Development.

Megan Mackenzie - New York University Press - 2012

The eleven-year civil war in Sierra Leone that ended in 2002 was incomprehensibly brutal—it is estimated that half of all female refugees were raped and many thousands were killed. While the publicity surrounding sexual violence helped to create a general picture of women and girls as victims of the conflict, there has been little effort to understand female soldiers’ involvement in, and experience of, the conflict. Female Soldiers in Sierra Leone draws on interviews with 75 former female soldiers and over 20 local experts, providing a rare perspective on both the civil war and post-conflict development efforts in the country. Megan MacKenzie argues that post-conflict reconstruction is a highly gendered process, demonstrating that a clear recognition and understanding of the roles and experiences of female soldiers are central to both understanding the conflict and to crafting effective policy for the future.

Strong Society, Smart State: The Rise of Public Opinion in China's Japan Policy

James Reilly - Columbia University Press - 2012

The rise and influence of public opinion on Chinese foreign policy reveals a remarkable evolution in authoritarian responses to social turmoil. James Reilly shows how Chinese leaders have responded to popular demands for political participation with a sophisticated strategy of tolerance, responsiveness, persuasion, and repression€”a successful approach that helps explain how and why the Communist Party continues to rule China. Far from being a fragile state overwhelmed by popular nationalism, market forces, or information technology, China has emerged as a robust and flexible regime that has adapted to its new environment with remarkable speed and effectiveness. Reilly's study of public opinion's influence on foreign policy extends beyond democratic states.

Australia and China at 40

James Reilly and Jingdong Yuan, eds - UNSW Press - 2012

For the first time, Australia’s leading trading partner is not a democracy. Rather, it is a powerful authoritarian state with a fast-growing economy, a rapidly modernising military and bold global ambition. How should Australia respond to the seemingly unstoppable and dazzlingly swift rise of China? To mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and the People’s Republic of China, expert writers – from Australia and China – come together here to analyse how both countries relate to each other. They cast light on security and economic issues, trade and investment, and political, diplomatic and strategic challenges that can only increase in intensity.

 Understanding Security Practices in South Asia

Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta - Routlege - April 2012

Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta investigates how non-state actors are engaging in security discourses and practices at the sub-state level in South Asia.

 No Man's Land: Globalization, Territory, and Clandestine Groups in Southeast Asia

Dr Justin Hastings - Cornell University Press - November 2010

Dr Justin Hastings examines the complex relationship that illicit groups have with modern technology, and how and when geography still matters. In this volume, he traces the logistics networks, command and control structures, and training programs of three distinct clandestine organizations: the terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah, the insurgent Free Aceh Movement, and organized criminals in the form of smugglers and maritime pirates.

 World Bank Group Interactions with Environmentalists

Dr Susan Park - Machester University Press - 2010

In her latest book, Dr Susan Park shows how environmentalists have shaped the World Bank - the world’s largest multilateral development lender, investment financier and political risk insurer - to take up sustainable development. Dr Park challenges an emerging consensus over international organisational change to argue that international organisations are influenced by their social structure and may change their practices to reflect previously antithetical norms such as sustainable development.

 Singapore in the Malay World: Building and Breaching Regional Bridges

Assoc Prof Lily Zubaidah Rahim - Routledge - May 2009

In making sense of the complex relationship between Singapore and Malaysia, Associate Professor Lily Rahim explores the salience of historical animosities and competitive economic pressures, and Singapore’s janus-faced security and foreign economic policy orientation and ‘regional outsider’ complex.

The Power of Words in International Relations: Birth of an Anti-Whaling Discourse

Assoc Prof Charlotte Epstein - MIT Press - November 2008

In The Power of Words in International Relations, Associate Professor Charlotte Epstein argues that changes in the discourse on whaling were brought about not by changing material interests but by a powerful anti-whaling discourse that successfully recast whales as extraordinary and intelligent endangered mammals that needed to be saved. Dr Epstein views whaling both as an object of analysis in its own right and as a lens for examining discursive power, and how language, materiality, and action interact to shape international relations.

Public Policy

Emergency Policy: 3 (Library of Essays on Emergency Ethics, Law and Policy)

Prof Allan McConnell - Ashgate - 2012

This collection of key scholarly articles addresses the international dynamics of emergency policy and practice and provides acritical perspective on the challenges that globalisation presents to policy makers under crisis conditions. The essays consider the global dimensions of a wide range of crises and include case studies on planning and prevention, acute responses, recovery and reconstruction, and learning about crisis.The editors also provide original chapters on "Mapping Global Influences on National Crisis Management" and "Issues for the Future: Emerging Debates on the Intersection of Globalization and National Crisis Management".

Understanding Policy Success: Rethinking Public Policy

Prof Allan McConnell - Palgrave Macmillan - August 2010

Success and failure are key to any consideration of public policy, but there have been remarkably few attempts to assess the various dimensions and complex nature of policy success. In his latest book, Professor Allan McConell fills the gap by developing a systematic framework and offering an entirely new way of introducing students to policy analysis.

Greening the Car Industry: Varieties of Capitalism and Climate Change

Dr John Mikler - Edward Elgar Publishing - October 2009

Focusing on Germany, the US and Japan, Dr John Mikler shows that national variations in capitalist relations of production are central to explaining how the car industry tackles the issue of climate change. Such variations, he argues, are crucial for understanding the normative as well as material basis for firms' motivations.

 Risk and Crisis Management in the Public Sector (Routledge Masters in Public Management)

Prof Allan McConnell - Routledge - June 2007

With Dr Lynn Drennan (Alarm), Professor Allan McConnell analyses the context, concepts and practice of risk and crisis management in the public sector in Western - notably European - and Asia-Pacific countries. Relating to extraordinary phenomena, the term ‘risk and crisis management’, covers such events and incidents as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, corporate failures, and environmental degradation.

 Electronic Engagement: A Guide for Public Sector Managers

Dr Peter John Chen - ANU E Press - 2007

Dr Peter John Chen presents a guide - written for managers who have an interest in expanding their approach to public engagement, rather than IT professionals - that assesses the value that new communications and computing technology can bring to interactions with a range of potential stakeholders.

Downloadable from the ANU E Press website.

Political Theory

Human Rights as a Way of Life

Dr Alexandre Lefebvre - Stanford University Press - 2013

The work of Henri Bergson, the foremost French philosopher of the early twentieth century, is not usually explored for its political dimensions. Indeed, Bergson is best known for his writings on time, evolution, and creativity. This book concentrates instead on his political philosophy—and especially on his late masterpiece, The Two Sources of Morality and Religion—from which Alexandre Lefebvre develops an original approach to human rights.

We tend to think of human rights as the urgent international project of protecting all people everywhere from harm. Bergson shows us that human rights can also serve as a medium of personal transformation and self-care. For Bergson, the main purpose of human rights is to initiate all human beings into love. Forging connections between human rights scholarship and philosophy as self-care, Lefebvre uses human rights to channel the whole of Bergson's philosophy.

The Life and Death of Democracy

Prof John Keane - W.W. Norton & Company - August 2009

Democracy scholar and Professor John Keane traces democracy's roots back to Sumeria, and follows it as far afield as Pitcairn Island and Papua New Guinea. He argues in this volume that democracy emerges less a set of fixed principles than a culture and mindset.

The Image of Law: Deleuze, Bergson, Spinoza

Dr Alexandre Lefebvre - Stanford University Press - 2008

Dr Alexandre Lefebvre presents the first book to examine law through the thought of twentieth-century French philosopher Gilles Deleuze. In this book, he challenges the truism that judges must apply and not create law.

 Defining Environmental Justice: Theories, Movements, and Nature

Prof David Schlosberg - Oxford University Press - July 2007

In this volume, Professor David Schlosberg explores what, exactly, is meant by 'justice' in definitions of environmental and ecological justice. His central argument is that a theory and practice of environmental justice necessarily includes distributive conceptions of justice, but must also embrace notions of justice based in recognition, capabilities, and participation.

Agents, Structures and International Relations: Politics as Ontology

Prof Colin Wight - Cambridge University Press - October 2006

In his comprehensive analysis of this problem, Professor Colin Wight deconstructs the accounts of structure and agency embedded within differing IR theories, and explores the implications of ontology. Professor Wight argues that there are many gaps in IR theory that can only be understood by focusing on the ontological differences that construct the theoretical landscape.

Realism, Philosophy and Social Science

Prof Colin Wight - Palgrave Macmillan - July 2006

With Kathryn Dean (Washington University in St. Louis), Jonathan Joseph (University of Kent), and John Roberts (Brunel University). In this volume, the authors examine the nature of the relationship between social science and philosophy and address the sort of work social science should do, and the role and sorts of claims that an accompanying philosophy should engage in. The book argues against the excesses of philosophising and commits itself to a philosophical approach more deeply grounded in the social sciences.

Comparative Politics

 Making Democratic Governance Work

Prof Pippa Norris - Cambridge University Press- September 2012

Is democratic governance good for economic prosperity? Does it accelerate progress towards social welfare and human development? Does it generate a peace-dividend and reduce conflict at home? Within the international community, democracy and governance are widely advocated as intrinsically desirable goals. Nevertheless, alternative schools of thought dispute their consequences and the most effective strategy for achieving critical developmental objectives. This book argues that both liberal democracy and state capacity need to be strengthened to ensure effective development, within the constraints posed by structural conditions. Liberal democracy allows citizens to express their demands, hold public officials to account and rid themselves of ineffective leaders. Yet rising public demands that cannot be met by the state generate disillusionment with incumbent officeholders, the regime, or ultimately the promise of liberal democracy ideals. Thus governance capacity also plays a vital role in advancing human security, enabling states to respond effectively to citizen's demands.

 Tiger Girls: Women and Enterprise in the People's Republic of China

Dr Minglu Chen - Routledge - July 2011

Dr Minglu Chen investigates the significant role that women entrepreneurs are playing in China's economic development. She analyses the women's personal experiences, careers and families to gain perspective on their status at work and home, and their connection with local politics. She argues that although gender inequality still exists, women entrepreneurs are actively engaged in the business establishment and are gradually casting off the leash of domestic responsibilities.

Symbols and Legitimacy in Soviet Politics

Prof Graeme Gill - Cambridge University Press - April 2011


Professor Graeme Gill is a leading scholar on communist regimes, focusing most recently on political change in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. In his latest book Symbols and Legitimacy in Soviet Politics, Professor Gill analyses the use of symbolism and ritual in the Soviet Union, and how it changed over the course of the regime's history.

Democratic Deficit

Prof Pippa Norris - Cambridge University Press - Spring 2011

In her latest book, Professor Pippa Norris - McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney -  focuses on how far the perceived democratic performance of any state diverges from public expectations. She examines the symptoms by comparing system support in more than fifty societies worldwide, challenging the pervasive claim that most established democracies have experienced a steadily rising tide of political disaffection during the third wave era of democratisation since the early 1970s.

 Political Parties and Elections: Legislating for Representative Democracy

Dr Anika Gauja - Ashgate - November 2010

Dr Gauja  presents a comparative analysis of the ways in which advanced industrial democracies regulate the activities of political parties in electoral contests. She analyses the electoral laws of five key common law democracies with similar parliamentary and representative traditions, similar levels of economic and political development, yet significantly different electoral provisions: the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Cosmopolitan Communications: Cultural Diversity in a Globalized World

Prof Pippa Norris - Cambridge University Press - November 2009

With Ronald Inglehart (University of Michigan), Visiting Professor Pippa Norris - McGuire Lecturer of comparative politics at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government - develops a new theoretical framework for understanding cosmopolitan communications and uses it to identify the conditions under which global communications are most likely to endanger cultural diversity. The study draws on evidence from the World Values Survey, covering 90 societies in all major regions worldwide from 1981 to 2007.

Driving Democracy: Do Power-Sharing Institutions Work?

Prof Pippa Norris - Cambridge University Press - October 2008

Professor Pippa Norris - McGuire Lecturer of comparative politics at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney - updates and refines the theory of consociationalism, taking account of the flood of contemporary innovations in power-sharing institutions that have occurred worldwide. This book classifies and compares four types of political institutions: the electoral system, parliamentary or presidential executives, unitary or federal states, and the structure and independence of the mass media.

 Bourgeoisie, State, and Democracy: Russia, Britain, France, Germany, and the USA

Prof Graeme Gill - Oxford University Press - June 2008

Prof Graeme Gill - scholar on communist regimes - explores the role played by the bourgeoisie in shaping political outcomes in five countries: contemporary Russia, industrial revolution Britain, France, Germany and the USA. The contemporary Russian experience is thrown into relief by comparison with the national experiences of the other four countries, enabling conclusions to be drawn about both the general question of the historic role of this class in democratisation and the more specific question of its role in Russia today.

 Radical Right: Voters and Parties in the Electoral Market

Prof Pippa Norris - Cambridge University Press - November 2005

Professor Pippa Norris - McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the Kennedy School, Harvard University - expands our understanding of support for radical right parties through an integrated new theory which is then tested systematically using a wealth of cross-national survey evidence covering almost forty countries. She looks in this book at why why radical right parties have advanced in a diverse array of democracies - including in Austria, Canada, Norway, France, Italy, New Zealand, Switzerland, Israel, Romania, Russia, and Chile - while failing to make comparable gains in similar societies elsewhere, such as in Sweden, Britain, and the United States.

How Australia Compares

Prof Rod Tiffen - Cambridge University Press - April 2004

With Ross Gittins (Sydney Morning Herald), Emeritus Prof Rod Tiffen compares Australia with 17 other developed democracies on a wide range of social, economic and political dimensions. Whenever possible, this book gives not only snapshot comparisons from the present, but charts trends over recent decades or even longer.

Australian Politics

 National Insecurity: The Howard Government's Betrayal of Australia

Prof Linda Weiss - Allen & Unwin - June 2007

With Elizabeth Thurbon (University of New South Wales) and John Mathews (University of Melbourne), Professor Linda Weiss explores how Australia's national interests were undermined by former Prime Minister John Howard.

Gavel to Gavel An Insider's View of Parliament

Kevin Rozzoli - UNSW Press - 2007

Kevin Rozzoli spent seven years as one of the Australian Parliament's most highly regarded Speakers. In this volune, he takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the corridors of parliament as seen through the eyes of a practitioner of thirty years’ experience in the ‘bear pit’ on Macquarie Street.

Against the Machines: Minor Parties and Independents in New South Wales 1910-2006

Assoc Prof Rodney Smith - Federation Press - November 2006

Associate Professor Rodney Smith identifies the variety of political and policy ideas advanced by minor parties and Independents in the Australian political system. This book traces their electoral activities, examining their campaigns, the way that their electoral chances have been affected by changes to electoral laws, and their influence on election outcomes.

 Decision & Deliberation: The Parliament of New South Wales 1856-2003

David Clune - Federation Press - January 2006

With Gareth Griffith, David Clune - New South Wales Parliament historian - provides an authoritative history of the NSW Parliament from its establishment in 1856 to 2003. The volume presents a history of the Parliament, contextualised by the changing political background in which it operated over 150 years.

The electoral atlas of New South Wales, 1856-2006

Mr David Clune and Dr Michael Hogan - NSW Dept. of Lands - 2006

Written with Antony Green (ABC), this atlas is a comprehensive compendium of New South Wales political history over 150 years. Electoral mapping is recreated from original sources and it documents voting systems and results since the introduction of responsible government in 1856.

A Lifetime in Conservative Politics - Political memoirs of Sir Joseph Carruthers

Dr Michael Hogan - UNSW Press - 2005

Dr Michael Hogan - Honorary Associate in the Department of Government and International Relaitons - presents a memoir of one of the most important NSW politicians on the conservative side of politics in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This volume was edited from a much longer memoir written by Carruthers shortly before his death and lodged in Mitchell Library.