Publications

The School of Politics and International Relations has a long history of excellence in research both by faculty members and its graduate students.  The publications pages provides you with a list of all of the Schools, including the various Centres associated with the School, major publications in recent years.  The SPIR publications are those publications not necessarily associated with a particular Centre.

Putin’s Annus Mirabilis: Changing the Shape of Eurasia

Putin’s Annus Mirabilis: Changing the Shape of Eurasia

Author/editor: John Besemeres

Year published: 2014

Many foreign observers have joined with commentators within the Russian regime to declare Vladimir Putin’s performance on the world stage during 2013 a triumph. Russians of dissident persuasion have tended to acknowledge his successes, too, while accentuating the downsides in the hope of descrying...

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Reforming the ‘dog’s breakfast of federalism': why the Commonwealth can’t have its cake and eat it too

Reforming the ‘dog’s breakfast of federalism': why the Commonwealth can’t have its cake and eat it too

Author/editor: Tracy Beck Fenwick

Year published: 2014

Upon reading Issue Paper 1, “Reform of the Federation” (Commonwealth, 2014) and based upon the terms of references of the White Paper itself, it does not seem evident that there is any real intention or attention being given to actually distributing power to the States and Territories, and local...

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Studies in Australian Political Rhetoric

Studies in Australian Political Rhetoric

Author/editor: John Uhr|Ryan Walter

Year published: 2014

This edited collection includes eleven major case studies and one general review of rhetorical contest in Australian politics. The volume showcases the variety of methods available for studying political speech, including historical, theoretical, institutional, and linguistic analyses, and...

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The importance of domestic political engagement

The importance of domestic political engagement

Author/editor: Sean Burges

Year published: 2014

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The politics of education for globalisation: managed activism in a time of crisis

The politics of education for globalisation: managed activism in a time of crisis

Author/editor: April Biccum

Year published: 2014

Since the 1990s, governments of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have begun to promote their foreign aid politics domestically via global education. This policy remit has its origins in civil society and has been combined with a stated aim on the part of governments...

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Towards a New History of European Law 1950-1980

Towards a New History of European Law 1950-1980

Author/editor: Bill Davies

Year published: 2014

Jacques Delors, long-term President of the European Commission during the ‘Golden Age’ of European integration in the 1980s, once famously described the European Union (EU) as an “Unidentified Political Object”. It is a polity that is particularly hard to define. Most have now settled on simply...

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American and European Competing Strategies in Free Trade Agreements in the Asia Pacific

American and European Competing Strategies in Free Trade Agreements in the Asia Pacific

Author/editor: Maria Garcia

Year published: 2013

The 2000s have witnessed an unprecedented rise in free trade agreements in Asia. Wishing to retain their relevance in this thriving economic region, the USA and European Union are also striving to acquire agreements with partners in Asia. This paper charts their respective economic and political...

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ANUCES Roundtable Summary: Aspects of Russia in Putin’s Third Term

ANUCES Roundtable Summary: Aspects of Russia in Putin’s Third Term

Author/editor: Bobo Lo|Kyle Wilson|Stephen Fortescue |John Besemeres

Year published: 2013

On Thursday 14th March 2013 the Australian National University’s Centre for European Studies held the first in a series of occasional seminars named in honour of the late Professor T.H. ‘Harry’ Rigby. A graduate of the Universities of Melbourne and London, Rigby worked at the ANU from 1958 until...

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ANUCES Roundtable Summary: Development and Impact of Biofuels Policies

ANUCES Roundtable Summary: Development and Impact of Biofuels Policies

Author/editor: Robert Ackrill|Karel Janda

Year published: 2013

Over the last decade, EU biofuels policy has been invested with hope as a central plank of the transition to a low-carbon economy while simultaneously attracting vilification for its alleged adverse impact on, among other things, land use, food prices, and water usage. On Friday 3 August 2012 the...

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Attitudes to electoral reform

Attitudes to electoral reform

Year published: 2013

Jobs up, climate change down in public eye. Public concern about the economy and job security has doubled since 2010, while concern about global warming has halved. More than half of the people surveyed in the latest ANUpoll listed the economy and jobs among the most important issues Australia is...

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