Professor Rodney Smith

BA, MA University of Queensland, PhD University of Sydney

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 6632

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Biographical details

Dr Rodney Smith teaches Australian politics and political sociology. His current research interests are Australian political parties and elections, political ethics and corruption, and religion and politics in liberal democracies.

His books are Against the Machines (2006), Keywords in Australian Politics (co-authored, 2006), Australian Political Culture (2001) and Politics in Australia (edited, three editions from 1989 to 1997). He has published articles in Governance, The Australian Journal of Political Science, The Australian Journal of Politics and History, The Australian Journal of Public Administration and The Australian Religion Studies Review. He is currently part of a team completing a major ARC-funded study of public sector whistleblowers in Australia.

Research interests

  • Australian political parties and elections
  • Political ethics and corruption
  • Religion and politics in liberal democracies
Current Research
  • Australian political parties;
  • Local government anti-corruption and integrity systems;
  • Legislative coalition-building in Australia

Teaching and supervision

Research Students
  • Nicholas Bromfield - Australian Prime Ministers and ANZAC Discourse.
  • Christopher Neff - Shark Bites and Public Policy in South Africa, the United States of America and Australia.
  • Ben Sun - Political Participation among Chinese Communities in Australia.
Current Courses
Past Courses
  • GOVT1101 - Australian Politics
  • GOVT1104 - Power in Society
  • GOVT2114 - Party System in Australia
  • GOVT6313 - Leadership in Theory and Practice

Awards and honours

Invited Lectures and Seminars

Smith, R 2011, "Local Government Integrity Systems", presentation to ‘Who Knew?’ Corruption Prevention Network Annual Full Day Forum, Sydney, 8 September 2011.

Smith, R 2011, "What Forms of Parliamentary Integrity System Work? A Comparative Commonwealth Perspective", presentation to "Ethics and Integrity in Parliament: Emerging Perspectives."

Smith, R 2009, A Conference of the Parliamentary Studies Centre ANU, Parliament House, Canberra, 30 November 2009.

Smith, R 2009, "Public Sector Ethics in the UK: A View from Australia", presentation to the Business School, University of Hull, Kingston upon Hull, UK, 21 October 2009.

Smith, R 2009, "Australian Public Sector Integrity Measures in a Comparative Perspective", inaugural lecture in the Department for Public Management and Governance International Public Management Lecture Series, Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Germany, 22 September 2009.

Selected grants

2014

  • Confronting the devolution paradox: constitutional values, federal political culture and governance reform; Brown A, Hollander R, Levy R, Smith R, Kildea P, Cole R, Kincaid J; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2012

  • The Treaty Implementation and the Creation of Domestic Political Venues Research Group; Beem B, Smith R, Banki S, Shearing S; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

2006

  • Whistling While They Work: Enhancing The Theory And Practice Of Internal Witness Management In Public Sector Organisations; Brown A, Smith R, Brown A; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

2004

  • History of NSW independents and minor parties since the formation of the party system; Smith R; Premiers Department NSW/Research Grant.
  • National Integrity Systems Assessment; Smith R, Sampford C; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Smith, R. (2006). Against the Machines: Minor Parties and Independents in New South Wales 1910-2006. Sydney: The Federation Press.
  • Smith, R., Vromen, A., Cook, I. (2006). Keywords In Australian Politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Edited Books

  • Smith, R., Vromen, A., Cook, I. (2012). Contemporary Politics in Australia: Theories, Practices and Issues. Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press.
  • Clune, D., Smith, R. (2012). From Carr to Keneally: Labor in office in NSW 1995-2011. Sydney Australia: Allen and Unwin.

Book Chapters

  • Smith, R. (2014). Politics: Stability and Change in the New Millennium. In William W. Emilsen (Eds.), An Informed Faith: The Uniting Church at the Beginning of the 21st Century, (pp. 135-153). Preston: Mosaic Press.
  • Smith, R. (2014). Whistleblowers and Suffering. In A. J. Brown , David Lewis , Richard E. Moberly , Wim Vandekerckhove (Eds.), International Handbook On Whistleblowing Research, (pp. 230-249). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Smith, R. (2013). Representative bureaucracy in Australia: a post-colonial, multicultural society. In Patrick von Maravic, B Guy Peters, Eckhard Schroter (Eds.), Representative Bureaucracy in Action: Country Profiles from the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia, (pp. 217-229). Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Smith, R. (2012). Behaviouralism. In Rodney Smith, Ariadne Vromen, Ian Cook (Eds.), Contemporary Politics in Australia: Theories, Practices and Issues, (pp. 26-35). Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press.
  • Vromen, A., Smith, R. (2012). Buying the Good Society: The Rise of Australian Political Consumerism. In Catriona Elder and Keith Moore (Eds.), New Voices, New Visions: Challenging Australian Identities and Legacies, (pp. 220-241). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Smith, R. (2012). How Labor Governed. In David Clune, Rodney Smith (Eds.), From Carr to Keneally: Labor in office in NSW 1995-2011, (pp. 301-308). Sydney Australia: Allen and Unwin.
  • Smith, R. (2012). Non-Rural Independents and the Minor Parties. In David Clune, Rodney Smith (Eds.), From Carr to Keneally: Labor in office in NSW 1995-2011, (pp. 39-52). Sydney Australia: Allen and Unwin.
  • Smith, R. (2012). Parliament. In David Clune, Rodney Smith (Eds.), From Carr to Keneally: Labor in office in NSW 1995-2011, (pp. 55-71). Sydney Australia: Allen and Unwin.
  • Smith, R. (2012). The Liberal Party. In David Clune, Rodney Smith (Eds.), From Carr to Keneally: Labor in office in NSW 1995-2011, (pp. 15-26). Sydney Australia: Allen and Unwin.
  • Smith, R. (2009). Peter Ross Sinclair. In David Clune, Ken Turner (Eds.), The Governors of New South Wales 1788-2010, (pp. 587-602). Australia: The Federation Press.
  • Smith, R. (2008). Evaluation of the Sydney and New South Wales Local Integrity System. In Leo Huberts, Frank Anechiarico, FreÌ�deÌ�rique Six (Eds.), Local integrity systems : world cities fighting corruption and safeguarding integrity, (pp. 37-53). The Hague, Netherlands: BJu Legal Publishers.
  • Donkin, M., Smith, R., Brown, A. (2008). How Do Officials Report? Internal and External Whistleblowing. In A.J. Brown (Eds.), Whistleblowing in the Australian Public Sector: Enhancing the Theory and Practice of Internal Witness Management in Public Sector Organisations, (pp. 83-108). Canberra: ANU E Press.
  • Smith, R. (2008). Is there a New South Wales Public Integrity System? A Preliminary Assessment. In Brian Head, A.J. Brown, and Carmel Connors (Eds.), Promoting Integrity: Evaluating and Improving Public Institutions, (pp. 103-118). Surrey, UK: Ashgate.
  • Smith, R., Brown, A. (2008). The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: Whistleblowing Outcomes. In A.J. Brown (Eds.), Whistleblowing in the Australian Public Sector: Enhancing the Theory and Practice of Internal Witness Management in Public Sector Organisations, (pp. 109-135). Canberra: ANU E Press.
  • Smith, R. (2006). Robert John Carr. In David Clune & Ken Turner (Eds.), The Premiers of New South Wales 1856-2005 Vol. 2 1901-2005, (pp. 479-498). Sydney, Australia: The Federation Press.
  • Smith, R., O'Mahony, J. (2006). The Cartel Parties Model and Electoral Barriers. In Ian Marsh (Eds.), Political Parties in Transition?, (pp. 94-115). Sydney: The Federation Press.
  • Vromen, A., Gauja, A., Smith, R. (2006). Transforming Parliament? Independent and Minor Party Women In NSW Politics. In D.Brennan, L.Chappell (Eds.), "No Fit Place for Women"? Women in New South Wales Politics 1856-2006, (pp. 131-153). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • Smith, R. (2003). New South Wales. In Jeremy Moon, Campbell Sharman (Eds.), Australian politics and government: the commonwealth, the states, and the territories, (pp. 41-73). UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Smith, R. (2003). The Assembly. In Emilsen, Emilsen (Eds.), The Uniting Church in Australia: The first 25 years, (pp. 7-33). Melbourne: Circa: Melbourne Publishing Group.

Journals

  • Smith, R. (2013). Whistleblowing and Hierarchical Bureaucracy: Re-Thinking the Relationship. E-Journal of International and Comparative Labour Studies, 2(3), 4-24.
  • Smith, R. (2010). Australian Political Parties: Past, Present and Future. Australian Journal of Political Science, 45(3), 501-505. [More Information]
  • Smith, R. (2010). The Role of Whistle-Blowing in Governing Well: Evidence From the Australian Public Sector. The American Review of Public Administration, 40(6), 704-721. [More Information]
  • Smith, R., Gauja, A. (2010). Understanding Party Constitutions as Responses to Specific Challenges. Party Politics: the international journal for the study of political parties and political organizations, 1(21), 1-20. [More Information]
  • Smith, R. (2009). How Would Jesus Vote? The Churches and the Election of the Rudd Government. Australian Journal of Political Science, 44(4), 613-637. [More Information]
  • Smith, R. (2006). NSW Parliamentary Committees and Integrity Oversight: Comparing Public Sector Agency, News Media and NGO Perspectives. Australasian Parliamentary Review, 21(1), 47-62.
  • Sampford, C., Smith, R., Brown, A. (2005). From Greek Temple to Birds Nest: Towards A Theory of Coherence and Mutual Accountability for National Integrity Systems. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 64(2), 96-108.
  • Smith, R. (2005). Mapping the New South Wales Public Integrity System. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 64(2), 54-61.
  • Smith, R. (2004). Leadership Studies and the Uniting Church in Australia. Uniting Church Studies, 10(1), 1-15.
  • Smith, R. (2003). Commentary: The New South Wales Election of 22 March 2003. Australian Journal of Political Science, 38(3), 549-556.

Conferences

  • Smith, R. (2007). Minor Parties and Independents in NSW. Writing Party History, Seminar, Sydney: Parliament of NSW.
  • Smith, R. (2005). Reconceptualising Australian Minor Parties. Australasian Political Studies Association Conference (APSA 2005), University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand: Australasian Political Studies Association.
  • Smith, R. (2004). Is There A New South Wales Public Integrity System? A Preliminary Assessment. Australasian Political Studies Association Conference (APSA 2004), Online: University of Adelaide.
  • Smith, R. (2002). Political Parties in Contemporary Australian Fiction: Stephen Sewell?s The Blind Giant is Dancing, George Papaellina?s No and Alan Wearne?s The Nightmarkets. 50th Annual Australian Political Studies Association Conference, Canberra: Australian National University (ANU).

Reference Works

  • Jackson, M., Smith, R. (2007). Corruption. In Brian Galligan and Winsome Roberts (Eds.), Oxford Companion to Australian Politics. Oxford University Press.

Research Reports

  • Smith, R. (2013). Internet Voting and Voter Interference: A report prepared for the New South Wales Electoral Commission, (pp. 5 - 51). Sydney, Australia: New South Wales Electoral Commission.
  • Smith, R. (2009). International Experiences of Electronic Voting and Their Implications for New South Wales, (pp. 4 - 59). Sydney, Australia: New South Wales Electoral Commission.

2014

  • Smith, R. (2014). Politics: Stability and Change in the New Millennium. In William W. Emilsen (Eds.), An Informed Faith: The Uniting Church at the Beginning of the 21st Century, (pp. 135-153). Preston: Mosaic Press.
  • Smith, R. (2014). Whistleblowers and Suffering. In A. J. Brown , David Lewis , Richard E. Moberly , Wim Vandekerckhove (Eds.), International Handbook On Whistleblowing Research, (pp. 230-249). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

2013

  • Smith, R. (2013). Internet Voting and Voter Interference: A report prepared for the New South Wales Electoral Commission, (pp. 5 - 51). Sydney, Australia: New South Wales Electoral Commission.
  • Smith, R. (2013). Representative bureaucracy in Australia: a post-colonial, multicultural society. In Patrick von Maravic, B Guy Peters, Eckhard Schroter (Eds.), Representative Bureaucracy in Action: Country Profiles from the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia, (pp. 217-229). Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Smith, R. (2013). Whistleblowing and Hierarchical Bureaucracy: Re-Thinking the Relationship. E-Journal of International and Comparative Labour Studies, 2(3), 4-24.

2012

  • Smith, R. (2012). Behaviouralism. In Rodney Smith, Ariadne Vromen, Ian Cook (Eds.), Contemporary Politics in Australia: Theories, Practices and Issues, (pp. 26-35). Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press.
  • Vromen, A., Smith, R. (2012). Buying the Good Society: The Rise of Australian Political Consumerism. In Catriona Elder and Keith Moore (Eds.), New Voices, New Visions: Challenging Australian Identities and Legacies, (pp. 220-241). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Smith, R., Vromen, A., Cook, I. (2012). Contemporary Politics in Australia: Theories, Practices and Issues. Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press.
  • Clune, D., Smith, R. (2012). From Carr to Keneally: Labor in office in NSW 1995-2011. Sydney Australia: Allen and Unwin.
  • Smith, R. (2012). How Labor Governed. In David Clune, Rodney Smith (Eds.), From Carr to Keneally: Labor in office in NSW 1995-2011, (pp. 301-308). Sydney Australia: Allen and Unwin.
  • Smith, R. (2012). Non-Rural Independents and the Minor Parties. In David Clune, Rodney Smith (Eds.), From Carr to Keneally: Labor in office in NSW 1995-2011, (pp. 39-52). Sydney Australia: Allen and Unwin.
  • Smith, R. (2012). Parliament. In David Clune, Rodney Smith (Eds.), From Carr to Keneally: Labor in office in NSW 1995-2011, (pp. 55-71). Sydney Australia: Allen and Unwin.
  • Smith, R. (2012). The Liberal Party. In David Clune, Rodney Smith (Eds.), From Carr to Keneally: Labor in office in NSW 1995-2011, (pp. 15-26). Sydney Australia: Allen and Unwin.

2010

  • Smith, R. (2010). Australian Political Parties: Past, Present and Future. Australian Journal of Political Science, 45(3), 501-505. [More Information]
  • Smith, R. (2010). The Role of Whistle-Blowing in Governing Well: Evidence From the Australian Public Sector. The American Review of Public Administration, 40(6), 704-721. [More Information]
  • Smith, R., Gauja, A. (2010). Understanding Party Constitutions as Responses to Specific Challenges. Party Politics: the international journal for the study of political parties and political organizations, 1(21), 1-20. [More Information]

2009

  • Smith, R. (2009). How Would Jesus Vote? The Churches and the Election of the Rudd Government. Australian Journal of Political Science, 44(4), 613-637. [More Information]
  • Smith, R. (2009). International Experiences of Electronic Voting and Their Implications for New South Wales, (pp. 4 - 59). Sydney, Australia: New South Wales Electoral Commission.
  • Smith, R. (2009). Peter Ross Sinclair. In David Clune, Ken Turner (Eds.), The Governors of New South Wales 1788-2010, (pp. 587-602). Australia: The Federation Press.

2008

  • Smith, R. (2008). Evaluation of the Sydney and New South Wales Local Integrity System. In Leo Huberts, Frank Anechiarico, FreÌ�deÌ�rique Six (Eds.), Local integrity systems : world cities fighting corruption and safeguarding integrity, (pp. 37-53). The Hague, Netherlands: BJu Legal Publishers.
  • Donkin, M., Smith, R., Brown, A. (2008). How Do Officials Report? Internal and External Whistleblowing. In A.J. Brown (Eds.), Whistleblowing in the Australian Public Sector: Enhancing the Theory and Practice of Internal Witness Management in Public Sector Organisations, (pp. 83-108). Canberra: ANU E Press.
  • Smith, R. (2008). Is there a New South Wales Public Integrity System? A Preliminary Assessment. In Brian Head, A.J. Brown, and Carmel Connors (Eds.), Promoting Integrity: Evaluating and Improving Public Institutions, (pp. 103-118). Surrey, UK: Ashgate.
  • Smith, R., Brown, A. (2008). The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: Whistleblowing Outcomes. In A.J. Brown (Eds.), Whistleblowing in the Australian Public Sector: Enhancing the Theory and Practice of Internal Witness Management in Public Sector Organisations, (pp. 109-135). Canberra: ANU E Press.

2007

  • Jackson, M., Smith, R. (2007). Corruption. In Brian Galligan and Winsome Roberts (Eds.), Oxford Companion to Australian Politics. Oxford University Press.
  • Smith, R. (2007). Minor Parties and Independents in NSW. Writing Party History, Seminar, Sydney: Parliament of NSW.

2006

  • Smith, R. (2006). Against the Machines: Minor Parties and Independents in New South Wales 1910-2006. Sydney: The Federation Press.
  • Smith, R., Vromen, A., Cook, I. (2006). Keywords In Australian Politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Smith, R. (2006). NSW Parliamentary Committees and Integrity Oversight: Comparing Public Sector Agency, News Media and NGO Perspectives. Australasian Parliamentary Review, 21(1), 47-62.
  • Smith, R. (2006). Robert John Carr. In David Clune & Ken Turner (Eds.), The Premiers of New South Wales 1856-2005 Vol. 2 1901-2005, (pp. 479-498). Sydney, Australia: The Federation Press.
  • Smith, R., O'Mahony, J. (2006). The Cartel Parties Model and Electoral Barriers. In Ian Marsh (Eds.), Political Parties in Transition?, (pp. 94-115). Sydney: The Federation Press.
  • Vromen, A., Gauja, A., Smith, R. (2006). Transforming Parliament? Independent and Minor Party Women In NSW Politics. In D.Brennan, L.Chappell (Eds.), "No Fit Place for Women"? Women in New South Wales Politics 1856-2006, (pp. 131-153). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.

2005

  • Sampford, C., Smith, R., Brown, A. (2005). From Greek Temple to Birds Nest: Towards A Theory of Coherence and Mutual Accountability for National Integrity Systems. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 64(2), 96-108.
  • Smith, R. (2005). Mapping the New South Wales Public Integrity System. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 64(2), 54-61.
  • Smith, R. (2005). Reconceptualising Australian Minor Parties. Australasian Political Studies Association Conference (APSA 2005), University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand: Australasian Political Studies Association.

2004

  • Smith, R. (2004). Is There A New South Wales Public Integrity System? A Preliminary Assessment. Australasian Political Studies Association Conference (APSA 2004), Online: University of Adelaide.
  • Smith, R. (2004). Leadership Studies and the Uniting Church in Australia. Uniting Church Studies, 10(1), 1-15.

2003

  • Smith, R. (2003). Commentary: The New South Wales Election of 22 March 2003. Australian Journal of Political Science, 38(3), 549-556.
  • Smith, R. (2003). New South Wales. In Jeremy Moon, Campbell Sharman (Eds.), Australian politics and government: the commonwealth, the states, and the territories, (pp. 41-73). UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Smith, R. (2003). The Assembly. In Emilsen, Emilsen (Eds.), The Uniting Church in Australia: The first 25 years, (pp. 7-33). Melbourne: Circa: Melbourne Publishing Group.

2002

  • Smith, R. (2002). Political Parties in Contemporary Australian Fiction: Stephen Sewell?s The Blind Giant is Dancing, George Papaellina?s No and Alan Wearne?s The Nightmarkets. 50th Annual Australian Political Studies Association Conference, Canberra: Australian National University (ANU).

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