James has broad interests in Australian politics and history. He held the chair of political science at Monash from 2002-2016, and is a former head of the School of Political and Social Inquiry (2006-2009), and a past president of the Australian Political Studies Association (2007-08). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (and served on the academy’s executive from 2006-2009, and 2015-present), and a former fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Manufactures (UK) 1992-2015. Prior to his appointment at Monash, he was pro-vice-chancellor (arts) at Griffith University (1996-2002), and professor of Australian studies (1987-2002). He was professor and head of the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at the University of London from 1990-1993.
James Walter's Articles
Defying the polls
Political science explains three reasons why the Coalition won the 2019 federal election.
Federal election: Right-wing battleground
If Scott Morrison wins, chances are that the Liberals who have the most potential to harm the government – Tony Abbott and Peter Dutton – would likely also remain to haunt his agenda.
Federal election: Shorten's path to PM
Despite an inability to improve his popularity rating, the strength of the Labor leader's team could make for a successful government.
Rebuilding the Liberal Party from the ground up
It's a mess and has lost its way in the modern political and social landscape. Nothing short of a complete rebuild can save it.