James studies Australian politics and history, with a special interest in pressure politics. His recently completed doctoral thesis on Melbourne’s notorious East-West Link examined the roles played by formal and informal actors in the policymaking process and how they contest policy, illuminating the strategies and manoeuvres of various groups to contain or expand the conflict.
He has presented on his research at the International Political Science Association World Congress, Swinburne’s Centre for Urban Transitions and the Melbourne Design School.
James writes regularly for current affairs publication Inside Story about politics and history and has a number of forthcoming scholarly publications on pressure groups and policymaking.
He teaches Australian Politics, Public Policy in Australia, Grand Challenges and War and Peace in the Twentieth Century at Swinburne.
The Making & Unmaking of East-West Link (unpublished doctoral thesis). Hawthorn: Swinburne University of Technology, 2019.
(Review) “Inside the Greens: The Origins and Future of the Party, the People and the Politics” by Paddy Manning, Labour History, vol. 118 (2020): 215-17.
‘Long knives, short memories’, Inside Story, 9 December 2019.
‘The month Victoria held its breath’, Inside Story, 16 October 2019.
‘McDonald, Sir William John (Black Jack) (1911–1995)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, 2019.
‘Sir Lynton Crosby and the dark art of kingmaking’, Canberra Times, 1 June 2019.’
‘Issues that swung elections: the bitter dispute that cost PM Stanley Bruce his seat in 1929’, The Conversation, 29 April 2019.
‘The law of large numbers’, Inside Story, 2 July 2018.
‘Dancing the donation tango’, Inside Story, 4 February 2016.
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