James Murphy

James studies Australian politics, with a special interest in pressure groups. His doctoral thesis, completed in 2019, looked at Melbourne’s notorious East-West Link as a case study in pressure politics. He also teaches politics and history at Swinburne.

James has taught Public Policy in Australia, Comparative Politics, War and Peace in the 20th Century, Australian Politics, Grand Challenges (years 1 and 2) and Australia in a Global Context.


‘The Australian road lobby: bitumen mafia or bogeyman?’, Urban Policy and Research, vol. 38, no. 2 (2020): 1-12.

(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.

‘The Trials & Tribulations of Ken Mathers, Policy Entrepreneur’, Australian Journal of Political Science, August 2020.

‘McDonald, Sir William John (Black Jack) (1911–1995)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, 2019.

‘”The time has come to say something of the forgotten class”: how Menzies transformed Australian political debate’, The Conversation, 18 June 2020.

‘The month Victoria held its breath’, Inside Story, 16 October 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.

‘Can Mr Kevin07 create a winning leader?’, Inside Story, 9 July 2019.

James Murphy, “Dancing the Donation Tango”, Inside Story, 4 February 2016.

James Murphy, “Less than Frank and Not Quite Fearless”, Inside Story, 14 December 2015.

Connect with James


Twitter @jcgmurphy

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