Phillip Larkin

Phil Larkin is Lecturer in Public Policy at the University of Canberra. He has previously worked at the Universities of Hertfordshire, Sussex and Brighton in the UK, and at the Australian National University. He has also worked in the committee office of the British House of Commons and in the Australian Senate.

His recent research has primarily focussed on comparative parliaments (particularly committee systems). He is also working on a book, Australian Party Politics in Comparative Perspective (Manchester University Press) with Charles Lees (University of Sheffield).

Faculty of Business & Government
University of Canberra
ACT 2601

Tel: +61 2 62012369


Books & edited collections

  • Australia: The State of Democracy, Sydney: Federation Press (forthcoming 2009) (with Marian Sawer and Norman Abjorensen).
  • Social Democracy – Global & National Perspectives, Basingstoke: Palgrave (2001) (with Luke Martell et al (eds)).
  • Review of International Political Economy Special Edition Vol. 4 (3) on The Direction of Contemporary Capitalism and the Practical Relevance of Theory (1997) (with Andrew Chitty et al (eds)).

Journals & book chapters

  • ‘Bipartisanship and Bicameralism in Australia’s “War on Terror”: Forcing Limits on the Extension of Executive Power’, Journal of Legislative Studies (forthcoming 2009) (with John Uhr).
  • ‘Assessing the Influence of Select Committees in the UK: the Education and Skills Committee 1997-2005’, Journal of Legislative Studies 15 (1) (2009) (with Andrew Hindmoor and Andrew Kennon).
  • ‘Coalition in Scotland: The Promise of a New Politics’ in Jennifer Curtin, Raymond Miller and Jack Vowles (eds) Coalition and Minority Governments: New Directions, New Cases (forthcoming).
  • ‘The Problem of Political Science & Practical Politics’ Politics 26 (1) (2006), 11-17 (with Claire Dononvan).
  • ‘New Labour in Perspective’ Politics 20 (1) (2001): 51-55.
  • ‘Social Democracy in Britain? The Case of New Labour’ in L. Martell et al. (eds) Social Democracy – Global & National Perspectives, Basingstoke: Palgrave (2001) (with Nick Cowell).
  • ‘New Labour & Old Revisionism’ Renewal 8 (1) (2000): 42-49.
  • ‘Social Democracy and the Third Way’ in D. Apollon, O-B. Fure, & L. Svasand, (eds) Approaching the New Millennium: Lessons from the Past, Perspectives for the Future University of Bergen-ISSEI (2000).

Other publications

  • The Governance of Britain’, Democratic Audit of Australia Discussion Paper No. 14/07, (2007)
  • ‘Competition Policy’ in Encyclopedia of Governance M. Bevir (ed.) Newbury Hills, CA: Sage (2006).
  • ‘New Labour’ in J. Michie (ed.) The Reader’s Guide to the Social Sciences, London: Fitzroy Dearborn (2000, Reprint: 2001, London and New York, Routledge)
  • ‘Thomas Balogh’, ‘Nicholas Kaldor’, ‘Ian Mikardo’ and ‘John Strachey’ in G. Rosen (ed.) The Dictionary of Labour Biography, London: Politico’s (2001).

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