Emeritus Professor Rodney Tiffen

BA Monash PhD Monash
Emeritus Professor

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 3754

Biographical details

Professor Tiffen is one of Australia’s leading scholars of the media. His teaching and research interests are in the mass media, Australian politics, comparative democratic politics, democratisation and Australian relations with Asia.

His most recent book, co-authored with Ross Gittins, is How Australia Compares (Cambridge University Press, 2004).

He is also author of Diplomatic Deceits. Government, Media and East Timor; Scandals. Media, Politics and Corruption in Contemporary Australia; News and Power; The News from Southeast Asia; and numerous articles on mass media and Australian politics. He is editor of Mayer on the Media: Selected Essays on Australian Media, and co-editor of Australia’s Gulf War. He acted as an observer of South Africa’s media during that country’s first democratic election, and has worked with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reviewing Radio Australia. He currently holds an ARC Discovery Grant to analyse changes in the Australian press’s political reporting over the last 50 years.

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Research interests

  • Australian Government & Politics
  • Comparative Government & Politics
  • Journalism, Communication and Media Studies
  • Australian politics
  • Comparative democratic politics
  • Comparative studies
  • Democratisation
  • Democratisation and Australian relations with Asia
  • Mass media

Selected grants

2009

  • The Australian Policy Online Full-Text Research Repository and Thematic Gateways; Thomas J, Tiffen R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).

2008

  • Australian Policy Online Development Project; Tiffen R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).

2006

  • Australia Policy Online Development Project; et a, Thomas J, Tiffen R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).
  • Media Change Political Change; Tiffen R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2001

  • The Politics of New Media Policy in East Asia; Tiffen R, Kwak K; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Large Research Grants (LRG).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Tiffen, R., Gittins, R. (2009). How Australia Compares. Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press.
  • Tiffen, R., Gittins, R. (2004). How Australia Compares. Australia: Cambridge University Press.
  • Tiffen, R. (2001). Diplomatic Deceits. Government, Media and East Timor. Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • Tiffen, R. (1990). News and Power. North Sydney, Australia: Allen and Unwin.

Edited Books

  • Tiffen, R. (2000). Media Power Professionals and Policies. London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

Book Chapters

  • Tiffen, R. (2013). Scandals. In Troy Bramston (Eds.), The Whitlam Legacy. Sydney, Australia: Federation Press.
  • Tiffen, R. (2012). How Russia compares. In Graeme Gill, James Young (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Russian Politics & Society, (pp. 45-68). Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Mills, S., Tiffen, R. (2012). Opinion Polls and the Media in Australia. In Christina Holtz-Bacha, Jesper Strömbäcker (Eds.), Opinion Polls and the Media: Reflecting and Shaping Public Opinion, (pp. 155-174). Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Tiffen, R. (2012). Spin Doctors, News Values and Public Interest - the Bermuda Triangle of Policy Debate. In Matthew Ricketson (Eds.), Australian Journalism Today, (pp. 16-27). South Yarra, Australia: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Tiffen, R. (2010). The Press. In Stuart Cunningham, Graeme Turner (Eds.), The Media and Communications in Australia: 3rd Edition, (pp. 81-96). Australia: Allen and Unwin.
  • Tiffen, R. (2009). Reversed negatives: how the news media respond to "our" atrocities. In Stritzke, Werner~Lewandowsky, Stephan~Denemark, David~Clare, Joseph~Morgan, (Eds.), Terrorism and Torture: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, (pp. 246-264). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Tiffen, R. (2008). Australia: Gladiatorial Parties and Volatile Media in a Stable Polity. In Jesper Strömbäck and Lynda Lee Kaid (Eds.), The Handbook of Election News Coverage Around the World, (pp. 109-123). New York and Abingdon: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Tiffen, R. (2008). Australian use of intelligence and the case for war in Iraq. In James P. Pfiffner and Mark Phythian (Eds.), Intelligence and National Security Policymaking on Iraq: British and American Perspectives, (pp. 106-125). Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • Tiffen, R. (2007). From Technological Abundance to Commercial Monopoly in Australian Pay TV: Key Relationships in Institutionalising Subscription Television. In Andrew T Kenyon (Eds.), TV Futures. Digital Television Policy In Australia, (pp. 54-81). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • Savage, M., Tiffen, R. (2007). Politicians, journalists and spin: tangled relationships and shifting alliances. In Sally Young (Eds.), Government Communication in Australia, (pp. 79-92). New York, United States: Cambridge University Press.
  • Tiffen, R. (2007). Rupert Murdoch's Global Ambition. In Kenji Suzuki (Eds.), Nation States and Media- The Question of National Identity, (pp. 139-165). Japan: Akakshi Shoten Inc.
  • Tiffen, R. (2006). The Press. In Stuart Cunningham, Graeme Turner (Eds.), The Media and Communications in Australia: 2nd Edition, (pp. 97-112). Australia: Allen and Unwin.
  • Tiffen, R. (2006). Wran and the Media. In Troy Bramston (Eds.), The Wran Era, (pp. 107-116). Sydney: Federation Press.
  • Tiffen, R., Kwak, K. (2005). Cable Television and Democracy in Taiwan and South Korea. In Angela Rose Romano, Michael Bromley (Eds.), Journalism and Democracy in Asia, (pp. 135-147). United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Tiffen, R. (2005). Media Australia 2004: Sebuah Audit Demokrasi (Australia's Media 2004 - A Democratic Audit). In Mar'iyah, C. (Eds.), Indonesia-Australia: Tantangan dan Kesempatan dalam Hubungan Politik Bilateral (Indonesia-Australia: Challenges and Opportunities in the Bilateral Political Relationship), (pp. 87-111). Jakarta, Indonesia: University of Indonesia and Granit.
  • Tiffen, R. (2005). The Aftermath. Must Labor Lose? In Browne, P. and Thomas, J. (Eds.), A win and a Prayer. Scenes from the 2004 Australian Election, (pp. 123-129). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • Tiffen, R. (2005). The Generational Warrior. In Browne, P. and Thomas, J. (Eds.), A win and a Prayer. Scenes from the 2004 Australian Election, (pp. 84-87). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • Tiffen, R. (2002). Media escalation and political anti-climax in Australia's 'Cash for Comment' scandal. In Raymond Kuhn; Erik Neveu (Eds.), Political Journalism: New challenges, new practices, (pp. 131-148). London and New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Tiffen, R. (2002). Political economy and news. In Stuart Cunningham, Graeme Turner (Eds.), The Media and Communications in Australia: 2nd Edition, (pp. 35-47). Australia: Allen and Unwin.
  • Tiffen, R. (2001). Australian Media Occupations. In Jeremy Tunstall (Eds.), Media Occupations and Professions: A Reader, (pp. 253-262). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Journals

  • Tiffen, R., Jones, P., Rowe, D., Aalberg, T., Coen, S., Curran, J., Hayashi, K., Iyengar, S., Mazzoleni, G., Papathanassopoulos, S., et al (2014). Sources in the News: A comparative study. Journalism Studies, 15(4), 374-391. [More Information]
  • Soroka, S., Andrew, B., Aalberg, T., Iyengar, S., Curran, J., Coen, S., Hayashi, K., Jones, P., Mazzoleni, G., Rhee, J., Tiffen, R., et al (2013). Auntie Knows Best? Public Broadcasters and Current Affairs Knowledge. British Journal of Political Science, 43(4), 719-739. [More Information]
  • Aalberg, T., Papathanassopoulos, S., Soroka, S., Curran, J., Hayashi, K., Iyengar, S., Jones, P., Mazzoleni, G., Rojas, H., Rowe, D., Tiffen, R. (2013). International TV News, Foreign Affairs Interest and Public Knowledge: A comparative study of foreign news coverage and public opinion in 11 countries. Journalism Studies, 14(3), 387-406. [More Information]
  • Curran, J., Coen, S., Aalberg, T., Hayashi, K., Jones, P., Splendore, S., Papathanassopoulos, S., Rowe, D., Tiffen, R. (2013). Internet revolution revisited: A comparative study of online news. Media Culture and Society, 35(7), 880-897. [More Information]
  • Tiffen, R. (2012). Small Scandal in London - Not Many Killed. Television and New Media, 13(1), 21-25. [More Information]
  • Tiffen, R. (2011). Has the gap between qualities and tabloids increased? Changes in Australian newspapers 1956-2006. Australian Journal of Communication, 38(2), 33-52.
  • Tiffen, R. (2011). WikiLeaks and mega-plumbing issues - unresolved dilemmas revisited. Global Media Journal: Australian Edition, 5(1), 1-10.
  • Tiffen, R. (2010). Changes in Australian Newspapers 1956-2006. Journalism Practice, 4(3), 345-359. [More Information]
  • Tiffen, R. (2010). Deaths in the news 1956-2006. Australian Journalism Review, 32(1), 41-50.
  • Tiffen, R. (2008). Campaign Tactics, Media Bias and the Politics of Explanations: Accounting for the Coalition's Loss in 2007. Southern Review: communication, politics and culture, 41(2), 8-29.
  • Doig, A., Pfiffner, J., Phythian, M., Tiffen, R. (2007). Marching in Time: Alliance Politics, Synchrony and the Case for War in Iraq, 2002-2003. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 61(1), 23-40.
  • Tiffen, R. (2006). Contested Narratives, Ambiguous Impacts and Democratic Dilemmas: The Western News Media and the "War on Terror". Policy and Society, 25(4), 99-119.
  • Tiffen, R. (2004). Tip Of The Iceberg Or Moral Panic? Police Corruption Issues In Contemporary New South Wales. American Behavioral Scientist, 47(9), 1171-1193.

Conferences

  • Tiffen, R. (2011). Australian attitudes to China's global role: the politics of changing expectations. Beijing Forum 2010: The Harmony of Civilizations and Prosperity for All, Beijing, China: Peking University Press.
  • Tiffen, R. (2004). The Development Of Pay Television In Australia. 6th World Media Economics Conference.

2014

  • Tiffen, R., Jones, P., Rowe, D., Aalberg, T., Coen, S., Curran, J., Hayashi, K., Iyengar, S., Mazzoleni, G., Papathanassopoulos, S., et al (2014). Sources in the News: A comparative study. Journalism Studies, 15(4), 374-391. [More Information]

2013

  • Soroka, S., Andrew, B., Aalberg, T., Iyengar, S., Curran, J., Coen, S., Hayashi, K., Jones, P., Mazzoleni, G., Rhee, J., Tiffen, R., et al (2013). Auntie Knows Best? Public Broadcasters and Current Affairs Knowledge. British Journal of Political Science, 43(4), 719-739. [More Information]
  • Aalberg, T., Papathanassopoulos, S., Soroka, S., Curran, J., Hayashi, K., Iyengar, S., Jones, P., Mazzoleni, G., Rojas, H., Rowe, D., Tiffen, R. (2013). International TV News, Foreign Affairs Interest and Public Knowledge: A comparative study of foreign news coverage and public opinion in 11 countries. Journalism Studies, 14(3), 387-406. [More Information]
  • Curran, J., Coen, S., Aalberg, T., Hayashi, K., Jones, P., Splendore, S., Papathanassopoulos, S., Rowe, D., Tiffen, R. (2013). Internet revolution revisited: A comparative study of online news. Media Culture and Society, 35(7), 880-897. [More Information]
  • Tiffen, R. (2013). Scandals. In Troy Bramston (Eds.), The Whitlam Legacy. Sydney, Australia: Federation Press.

2012

  • Tiffen, R. (2012). How Russia compares. In Graeme Gill, James Young (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Russian Politics & Society, (pp. 45-68). Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Mills, S., Tiffen, R. (2012). Opinion Polls and the Media in Australia. In Christina Holtz-Bacha, Jesper Strömbäcker (Eds.), Opinion Polls and the Media: Reflecting and Shaping Public Opinion, (pp. 155-174). Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Tiffen, R. (2012). Small Scandal in London - Not Many Killed. Television and New Media, 13(1), 21-25. [More Information]
  • Tiffen, R. (2012). Spin Doctors, News Values and Public Interest - the Bermuda Triangle of Policy Debate. In Matthew Ricketson (Eds.), Australian Journalism Today, (pp. 16-27). South Yarra, Australia: Palgrave Macmillan.

2011

  • Tiffen, R. (2011). Australian attitudes to China's global role: the politics of changing expectations. Beijing Forum 2010: The Harmony of Civilizations and Prosperity for All, Beijing, China: Peking University Press.
  • Tiffen, R. (2011). Has the gap between qualities and tabloids increased? Changes in Australian newspapers 1956-2006. Australian Journal of Communication, 38(2), 33-52.
  • Tiffen, R. (2011). WikiLeaks and mega-plumbing issues - unresolved dilemmas revisited. Global Media Journal: Australian Edition, 5(1), 1-10.

2010

  • Tiffen, R. (2010). Changes in Australian Newspapers 1956-2006. Journalism Practice, 4(3), 345-359. [More Information]
  • Tiffen, R. (2010). Deaths in the news 1956-2006. Australian Journalism Review, 32(1), 41-50.
  • Tiffen, R. (2010). The Press. In Stuart Cunningham, Graeme Turner (Eds.), The Media and Communications in Australia: 3rd Edition, (pp. 81-96). Australia: Allen and Unwin.

2009

  • Tiffen, R., Gittins, R. (2009). How Australia Compares. Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press.
  • Tiffen, R. (2009). Reversed negatives: how the news media respond to "our" atrocities. In Stritzke, Werner~Lewandowsky, Stephan~Denemark, David~Clare, Joseph~Morgan, (Eds.), Terrorism and Torture: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, (pp. 246-264). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2008

  • Tiffen, R. (2008). Australia: Gladiatorial Parties and Volatile Media in a Stable Polity. In Jesper Strömbäck and Lynda Lee Kaid (Eds.), The Handbook of Election News Coverage Around the World, (pp. 109-123). New York and Abingdon: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Tiffen, R. (2008). Australian use of intelligence and the case for war in Iraq. In James P. Pfiffner and Mark Phythian (Eds.), Intelligence and National Security Policymaking on Iraq: British and American Perspectives, (pp. 106-125). Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • Tiffen, R. (2008). Campaign Tactics, Media Bias and the Politics of Explanations: Accounting for the Coalition's Loss in 2007. Southern Review: communication, politics and culture, 41(2), 8-29.

2007

  • Tiffen, R. (2007). From Technological Abundance to Commercial Monopoly in Australian Pay TV: Key Relationships in Institutionalising Subscription Television. In Andrew T Kenyon (Eds.), TV Futures. Digital Television Policy In Australia, (pp. 54-81). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • Doig, A., Pfiffner, J., Phythian, M., Tiffen, R. (2007). Marching in Time: Alliance Politics, Synchrony and the Case for War in Iraq, 2002-2003. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 61(1), 23-40.
  • Savage, M., Tiffen, R. (2007). Politicians, journalists and spin: tangled relationships and shifting alliances. In Sally Young (Eds.), Government Communication in Australia, (pp. 79-92). New York, United States: Cambridge University Press.
  • Tiffen, R. (2007). Rupert Murdoch's Global Ambition. In Kenji Suzuki (Eds.), Nation States and Media- The Question of National Identity, (pp. 139-165). Japan: Akakshi Shoten Inc.

2006

  • Tiffen, R. (2006). Contested Narratives, Ambiguous Impacts and Democratic Dilemmas: The Western News Media and the "War on Terror". Policy and Society, 25(4), 99-119.
  • Tiffen, R. (2006). The Press. In Stuart Cunningham, Graeme Turner (Eds.), The Media and Communications in Australia: 2nd Edition, (pp. 97-112). Australia: Allen and Unwin.
  • Tiffen, R. (2006). Wran and the Media. In Troy Bramston (Eds.), The Wran Era, (pp. 107-116). Sydney: Federation Press.

2005

  • Tiffen, R., Kwak, K. (2005). Cable Television and Democracy in Taiwan and South Korea. In Angela Rose Romano, Michael Bromley (Eds.), Journalism and Democracy in Asia, (pp. 135-147). United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Tiffen, R. (2005). Media Australia 2004: Sebuah Audit Demokrasi (Australia's Media 2004 - A Democratic Audit). In Mar'iyah, C. (Eds.), Indonesia-Australia: Tantangan dan Kesempatan dalam Hubungan Politik Bilateral (Indonesia-Australia: Challenges and Opportunities in the Bilateral Political Relationship), (pp. 87-111). Jakarta, Indonesia: University of Indonesia and Granit.
  • Tiffen, R. (2005). The Aftermath. Must Labor Lose? In Browne, P. and Thomas, J. (Eds.), A win and a Prayer. Scenes from the 2004 Australian Election, (pp. 123-129). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • Tiffen, R. (2005). The Generational Warrior. In Browne, P. and Thomas, J. (Eds.), A win and a Prayer. Scenes from the 2004 Australian Election, (pp. 84-87). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.

2004

  • Tiffen, R., Gittins, R. (2004). How Australia Compares. Australia: Cambridge University Press.
  • Tiffen, R. (2004). The Development Of Pay Television In Australia. 6th World Media Economics Conference.
  • Tiffen, R. (2004). Tip Of The Iceberg Or Moral Panic? Police Corruption Issues In Contemporary New South Wales. American Behavioral Scientist, 47(9), 1171-1193.

2002

  • Tiffen, R. (2002). Media escalation and political anti-climax in Australia's 'Cash for Comment' scandal. In Raymond Kuhn; Erik Neveu (Eds.), Political Journalism: New challenges, new practices, (pp. 131-148). London and New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Tiffen, R. (2002). Political economy and news. In Stuart Cunningham, Graeme Turner (Eds.), The Media and Communications in Australia: 2nd Edition, (pp. 35-47). Australia: Allen and Unwin.

2001

  • Tiffen, R. (2001). Australian Media Occupations. In Jeremy Tunstall (Eds.), Media Occupations and Professions: A Reader, (pp. 253-262). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Tiffen, R. (2001). Diplomatic Deceits. Government, Media and East Timor. Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.

2000

  • Tiffen, R. (2000). Media Power Professionals and Policies. London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

1990

  • Tiffen, R. (1990). News and Power. North Sydney, Australia: Allen and Unwin.

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