Emeritus Professor Michael Jackson

BA Hastings College GradCert Higher Ed NSW MA PhD Alberta
Emeritus Professor

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

Michael Jackson is a political theorist who has supervised PhD theses on Carl Schmidt, Georg Hegel, Friedrich Schlegal, Jean-Jacques Roussseu, and others. The topics have included loyalty, reason and revolution, commitment, civic religion, and more. He twice received the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for outstanding teaching.

His research concerns the continuing impact of political theorists like Plato, Aristotle, and Niccoló Machiavelli. He is the author of three books, numerous book chapters and more than seventy articles in international, refereed journals. He has also contributed many opinion pieces to the media and edited Wikipedia entries. He has posted reviews on Internet Movies Data Base and Amazon.com. His blog ‘Political Theory and Practice: Thinking and Doing’ has 150,000+ hits. It contains links to his videos on YouTube.

He served as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business, Director of the University’s Institute for Teaching and Learning, and Chair of the Department of Government and International Relations.

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Research interests

  • Political theory
  • Utopia
  • Ethics in public administration

Associations

Professor Jackson is on the editorial boards of the American Review of Public Administration, the Journal of Management History (UK), Journal of Value Inquiry (Netherlands), Springer Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning, and Theoria (South Africa). Earlier he served on the board of the Australian Journal of Political Science, the Australian Journal of Public Administration, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Hobbes Studies (Finland), Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (USA).

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Jackson, M. (2004). Bureaucracy In Hegel's Political Theory. In William Ieuan (Bill) Jenkins, Edward C. Page (Eds.), The Foundations of Bureaucracy in Economic and Social Thought, (pp. 3-21). Cheltenham, Gloucester, England, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Jackson, M. (2001). Cashing in on Machiavelli. In Shelly Wilsey (Eds.), Building Leadership Bridges, (pp. 95-109). United States: James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership.

Journals

  • Jackson, M., Grace, D. (2013). Machiavelli's echo in management. Management and Organizational History, 8(4), 400-414. [More Information]
  • Jackson, M. (2009). Responsibility versus accountability in the Friedrich-Finer debate. Journal of Management History, 15(1), 66-77. [More Information]
  • Jackson, M. (2008). I, Burocrat. Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law, 1(1), 368-378.
  • Jackson, M. (2007). Cracking the Thucydides Code. Antioch Review, 65(1), 173-184.
  • Jackson, M. (2006). "Serving time": the relationship of good and bad teaching. Quality Assurance in Education, 14(4), 385-397.
  • Jackson, M. (2006). Approaches to Teaching and Students' Perceptions of Teaching. MountainRise, 3(2), 1-20.
  • Jackson, M. (2006). Great classroom teaching and more: awards for outstanding teaching evaluated. International Journal of Educational Management, The, 20(4), 261-278.
  • Jackson, M. (2006). Orders and Obedience: Structure and Agency. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 26(7/8), 309-325.
  • Jackson, M. (2005). Philosopher-Kings and Bankers. Theoria: a journal of social and political theory, 52(107), 19-35.
  • Jackson, M. (2005). The eighteenth century antecedents of bureaucracy, the Cameralists. Management Decision, 43(10), 1293-1303. [More Information]
  • Jackson, M., Colquhoun, T. (2005). The Swedish Model. A Q: Journal of Contemporary Analysis, 77(2), 20-27.
  • Jackson, M. (2001). Designed by Theorists: Aristotle on Utopia (Essays). Utopian Studies, 12(2), 1-13.

Conferences

  • Jackson, M., Ross, R. (2005). Approaches to Economics Education. Eleventh Australasian Teaching Economics Conference (ATEC11): Innovation for Student Engagement in Economics, Sydney, Australia: School of Economics and Political Science, University of Sydney.
  • Jackson, M. (2005). Serving time: The relation of good and bad teaching. Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference - HERDSA 2005, Sydney: Institute for Teaching and Learning.

Reference Works

  • Jackson, M., Smith, R. (2007). Corruption. In Brian Galligan and Winsome Roberts (Eds.), Oxford Companion to Australian Politics. Oxford University Press.
  • Jackson, M. (2007). Utopia. In Galligan, Brian and Roberts, Winsome (Eds.), The Oxford Companion to Australian Politics. (pp. 612-613). South Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press Australia.

2013

  • Jackson, M., Grace, D. (2013). Machiavelli's echo in management. Management and Organizational History, 8(4), 400-414. [More Information]

2009

  • Jackson, M. (2009). Responsibility versus accountability in the Friedrich-Finer debate. Journal of Management History, 15(1), 66-77. [More Information]

2008

  • Jackson, M. (2008). I, Burocrat. Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law, 1(1), 368-378.

2007

  • Jackson, M., Smith, R. (2007). Corruption. In Brian Galligan and Winsome Roberts (Eds.), Oxford Companion to Australian Politics. Oxford University Press.
  • Jackson, M. (2007). Cracking the Thucydides Code. Antioch Review, 65(1), 173-184.
  • Jackson, M. (2007). Utopia. In Galligan, Brian and Roberts, Winsome (Eds.), The Oxford Companion to Australian Politics. (pp. 612-613). South Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press Australia.

2006

  • Jackson, M. (2006). "Serving time": the relationship of good and bad teaching. Quality Assurance in Education, 14(4), 385-397.
  • Jackson, M. (2006). Approaches to Teaching and Students' Perceptions of Teaching. MountainRise, 3(2), 1-20.
  • Jackson, M. (2006). Great classroom teaching and more: awards for outstanding teaching evaluated. International Journal of Educational Management, The, 20(4), 261-278.
  • Jackson, M. (2006). Orders and Obedience: Structure and Agency. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 26(7/8), 309-325.

2005

  • Jackson, M., Ross, R. (2005). Approaches to Economics Education. Eleventh Australasian Teaching Economics Conference (ATEC11): Innovation for Student Engagement in Economics, Sydney, Australia: School of Economics and Political Science, University of Sydney.
  • Jackson, M. (2005). Philosopher-Kings and Bankers. Theoria: a journal of social and political theory, 52(107), 19-35.
  • Jackson, M. (2005). Serving time: The relation of good and bad teaching. Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference - HERDSA 2005, Sydney: Institute for Teaching and Learning.
  • Jackson, M. (2005). The eighteenth century antecedents of bureaucracy, the Cameralists. Management Decision, 43(10), 1293-1303. [More Information]
  • Jackson, M., Colquhoun, T. (2005). The Swedish Model. A Q: Journal of Contemporary Analysis, 77(2), 20-27.

2004

  • Jackson, M. (2004). Bureaucracy In Hegel's Political Theory. In William Ieuan (Bill) Jenkins, Edward C. Page (Eds.), The Foundations of Bureaucracy in Economic and Social Thought, (pp. 3-21). Cheltenham, Gloucester, England, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

2001

  • Jackson, M. (2001). Cashing in on Machiavelli. In Shelly Wilsey (Eds.), Building Leadership Bridges, (pp. 95-109). United States: James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership.
  • Jackson, M. (2001). Designed by Theorists: Aristotle on Utopia (Essays). Utopian Studies, 12(2), 1-13.

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