Biography and interests:
Ian McAllister is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at The Australian National University, and from 1997 until 2004 was Director of the Research School of Social Sciences at the ANU.
He has previously held chairs at the University of New South Wales and the University of Manchester and has held other academic appointments at The Queen’s University of Belfast and the University of Strathclyde.
He was President of the British Politics Group 2001-2002, has edited the Australian Journal of Political Science since 2004, and was chair of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems project from 2003 to 2008. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Aberdeen, a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Current research projects:
Ian McAllister has four main current research projects.
First, his work on Australian politics involves co-directing the Australian Election Study, a national survey of political opinion conducted after each federal election since 1987. The next survey, funded by the ARC, is due after the 2010 federal election. He is also involved in a major ARC-funded study of Australian public opinion towards defence and foreign policy.
(2) Postcommunist politics and the problems of democratization is a collaborative project with Stephen White (University of Glasgow), and is funded by the ARC. A book length monograph on Russian political opinion, tentatively titled The Russian Voter, is in preparation.
(3) His interests in Northern Ireland politics involve examining trends in public opinion and the relationship between social divisions and political cleavages. A book length study (with Bernadette Hayes, University of Aberdeen) is nearing completion.
(4) The study of comparative political behavior involves examining such issues as how accountability and representation are structured by political institutions, and as part of this work, he has edited special issues of the journals Electoral Studies and Party Politics.
He is also completing a book length study on parties and party government with Russell J Dalton (University of California Irvine) and David M. Farrell (University College Dublin) to be published by Cambridge University Press.
Selected recent publications
Books, edited journals
Ian McAllister, editor. 2008. Public Support for Democracy: Results from the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems Project. Special symposium of Electoral Studies 27(1) March: 1-115.
Russell J. Dalton and Ian McAllister, editors. 2007. Political Parties and Political Development: A New Perspective. Special issue of Party Politics, 13(2) March: 139-282.
David M. Farrell and Ian McAllister. 2005. The Australian Electoral System: Origins, Variations and Consequences. Sydney: University of NSW Press.
Ian McAllister, Steve Dowrick and Riaz Hassan, editors. 2003. The Cambridge Handbook of the Social Sciences in Australia. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press. xix + 705pp. (Winner, Australian Publishers’ Association Award for Best Scholarly Reference Book, 2004).
Stephen White, Ian McAllister and Valetnina Feklyunina. Forthcoming. ‘Belarus, Ukraine and Russia: East or West?’ British Journal of Political and International Relations.
Juliet Clark and Ian McAllister. Forthcoming. ‘”A Diabolical Challenge”: Public Opinion and Climate Change Policy in Australia.’ Environmental Politics.
Linda Butler and Ian McAllister. Forthcoming. ‘Evaluating University Research Performance Using Metrics.’ European Political Science.
Juliet Clark and Ian McAllister. Forthcoming. ‘Public Opinion and the New Human Security Paradigm.’ Australian Journal of International Affairs.
Bilodeau, Antoine, Ian McAllister and Mebs Kanji. Forthcoming. ‘Adaptation to Democracy among Immigrants in Australia.’ International Political Science Review.
Stephen White and Ian McAllister. 2009. ‘Rethinking the “Orange Revolution”’. Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics 25(2-3): 227-54.
Bernadette Hayes and Ian McAllister. 2009. ‘Religion, Identity and Community Relations Among Adults and Young Adults in Northern Ireland.’ Journal of Youth Studies 12(4): 385-403.
Bernadette Hayes and Ian McAllister. 2009. ‘Education as a Mechanism for Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland.’ Oxford Review of Education 35(4): 437-450.
Rachel Gibson and Ian McAllister. 2009. ‘Online Election Surveys: Keeping the Voters Honest?’ Journal of Political Marketing 8: 105-129.
Linda Butler and Ian McAllister. 2009. ‘Metrics or Peer Review? Evaluating the 2001 UK Research Assessment Exercise in Political Science.’ Political Studies Review 7: 3-17.
Stephen White and Ian McAllister. 2008. ‘The Putin Phenomenon.’ Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics 24(4): 604-628. (Reprinted in Ronald J. Hill and Ottorino Cappelli, eds, Putin and Putinism (London and New York: Routledge, 2010), pp. 135-159).
Ian McAllister and Stephen White. 2008. ‘”It’s the Economy, Comrade!” Parties and Voters in the 2007 Russian Duma Election.’ Europe-Asia Studies 60(6): 931-957.
Rachel Gibson and Ian McAllister. 2008. ‘Designing Online Election Surveys: Lessons from the 2004 Australian Election.’ Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties 18(4): 387-400.
Ian McAllister and Stephen White. 2008. ‘Voting “Against All” in Postcommunist Russia.’ Europe-Asia Studies 60(1): 67-87.
Stephen White, Julia Korosteleva and Ian McAllister. 2008. ‘A Wider Europe? The View from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.’ Journal of Common Market Studies 46(2): 219-242.
Bernadette Hayes and Ian McAllister. 2007 ‘Integrated Education, Intergroup Relations and Political Identities in Northern Ireland.’ Social Problems 54(4): 454-482.
Stephen White and Ian McAllister. 2007. ‘Turnout and Representation Bias in Postcommunist Europe.’ Political Studies 55(3): 586-606.
Ian McAllister. 2007. ‘Social Structure and Party Support in the East Asian Democracies.’ Journal of East Asian Studies 7(2): 225-249.
Ian McAllister and Stephen White. 2007. ‘Political Parties and Democratic Consolidation in Postcommunist Societies.’ Party Politics 13(2): 197-216.
Ian McAllister and Clive Bean. 2006. ‘Leaders, the Economy or Iraq? Explaining Voting in the 2004 Australian Election.’ Australian Journal of Politics and History 52(4): 604-620.
Ian McAllister. 2006. ‘A War Too Far: Bush, Iraq and the 2004 US Presidential Election.’ Presidential Studies Quarterly. 36(2): 260-80.
Rachel Gibson and Ian McAllister. 2006. ‘Does Cyber-Campaigning Win Votes? Online Communication in the 2004 Australian Election’ Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties 16(3): 243-263.
David Farrell and Ian McAllister. 2006. ‘Voter Satisfaction and Electoral Systems: Does Preferential Voting in Candidate-Centred Systems make a Difference?’ European Journal of Political Research 45(5): 725-49.
Bernadette Hayes and Ian McAllister. 2005. ‘Public Support for Political Violence and Paramilitarism in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.’ Terrorism and Political Violence 17(4): 599-617.
Bernadette Hayes, Ian McAllister and Lizanne Dowds. 2005. ‘The Erosion of Consent: Protestant Support for the 1998 Northern Ireland Agreement.’ Journal of Elections, Parties and Opinion 15(2): 147-67.
Stephen White, Margot Light and Ian McAllister. 2005. ‘Russia and the West: is there a Values Gap?’ International Politics 42(1): 314-33.
Stephen White, Sarah Oates and Ian McAllister. 2005. ‘Media Effects and Russian Elections, 1999-2000.’ British Journal of Political Science 35(2): 191-208.
David Farrell and Ian McAllister. 2005. ‘1902 and the Origins of Preferential Electoral Systems in Australia.’ Australian Journal of Politics and History 51(2): 155-167.
Stephen White and Ian McAllister. 2004. ‘Dimensions of Disengagement in Postcommunist Russia.’ Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics 20(1): 81-97.
Bernadette Hayes and Ian McAllister. 2004. ‘Protestant Disillusionment with the Northern Ireland Peace Agreement.’ Irish Journal of Sociology 13(1): 109-125.
Ian McAllister. 2004. ‘The Armalite and the Ballot Box’: Sinn Fein’s Electoral Strategy in Northern Ireland.’ Electoral Studies 23(1): 123-142.
David Farrell and Ian McAllister. 2003. ‘The 1983 Change in Surplus Vote Transfer Procedures for the Australian Senate and its Consequences for STV.’ Australian Journal of Political Science 38(3): 479-92.
Ian McAllister. 2003. ‘Border Protection, the 2001 Australian Election and the Coalition Victory.’ Australian Journal of Political Science 38(3): 445-464.
Ian McAllister. 2003. ‘Prime Ministers, Opposition Leaders and Government Popularity in Australia.’ Australian Journal of Political Science 38(2): 259-77.
Stephen White and Ian McAllister. 2003. ‘Putin and his Supporters.’ Europe-Asia Studies 55(3): 383-399.