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Norman Abjorensen

Honorary Lecturer, Policy & Governance Program



Contact details

  • (with Carmel Anderson and Jacki Schirmer) “Exploring CCS community acceptance and public participation from a human and social capital perspective”, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, (Autumn, 2011)
  • “A Hard Reign: NSW public administration under Labor - 2007-2011”, Australasian Parliamentary Review, Autumn 2011, Vol. 26(1), 41-52. » view publication [PDF, 123KB]
  • “Up There Derrida! Has Australian Footy Gone Goal-Postmodern”? Australian Quarterly, Vol. 78, No. 4 (Jul. - Aug., 2006), pp. 30-31.
  • “Booze: The Drinking Habits of Australian Politicians”, Australian Quarterly, Vol. 78, No. 3 (May - Jun., 2006), pp. 36-37.

Recent publications

  • Historical Dictionary of Popular Music Rowman & Littlefield (2017).

  • The Manner of their Going: Prime Ministerial Exits in Australia from Lyne to Abbott Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2015.

  • “The Commonwealth of Australia: The Primacy of Parties”, in J. Kincaid, W. Renzsch and K. Detterbeck (eds.) _Political Parties and Civil Society in Federal Countries _, Oxford University Press, 2015.Here

  • Historical Dictionary of Australia (4th ed.) (with James Docherty), Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.

  • Combating Corruption: Implications of the G20 Action Plan for the Asia-Pacific Region, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Tokyo, 2015. pdf

  • “Digital Electioneering: What’s Wrong With Japan?”, in A. Carthew & S. Winkleman (eds.) Social Media and Elections in Asia Pacific -The Growing Power of the Youth Vote Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, 2013.[Book here]( )

  • (with John Uhr) “Parliament” in Rodney Smith, Ariadne Vromen and Ian Cook (eds.), Contemporary Politics in Australia: Theories, Practices and Issues, (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

  • “Opinion Polls and the Political Process,” and “How Polls are Shaping the Political Process”, in Alastair Carthew and Simon Winkelman (eds. ) Political Polling in Asia-Pacific, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, 2012.

  • Australia: The State of Democracy (with Marian Sawer & Phil Larkin), Federation Press, 2009.

  • “The Culture Wars Down Under” and “The History Wars” in Jim George & Kim Huynh (editors), The Culture Wars: Australian and US Politics in the 21st Century, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

  • John Howard and the Conservative Tradition, Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2008.

  • Leadership and the Liberal Revival: Bolte, Askin and the Post-war Ascendancy, Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2007.

  • John Hewson: A Biography, Lothian Books, 1993

Public Lecture

Conference papers

  • “Common Myths About Corruption,” paper delivered at Asian Institute of Management conference, Manila, 10 June, 2015.

  • “Corruption in a ‘Clean’ Country: the Case of Australia,” paper delivered at Asian Institute of Management conference, Manila, July, 2014.

  • “Digital Electioneering: The Japan Election, 2012,” paper delivered at Political Communication Asia-Pacific conference, Bangkok, October, 2013.

  • “Developments in Political Communication,” paper delivered at Political Communication Asia-Pacific conference/ASEAN, Phnom Penh, May, 2012.

  • Abjorensen, Norman and Horiuchi, Yusaku and Sato, Meg, Decomposition of Valence and Paradox of Primary Election (February 8, 2012). Crawford School Research Paper No. 15. Available at SSRN: or

  • “Capitalism Imperilled? Business Perceptions in Wartime and Post-War Australia.” Asia-Pacific Economic and Business History Conference 2007, ed. Discipline of Economics, University of Sydney, University of Sydney,, p. 21. Paper

  • “John Howard: An Historical Perspective,” paper delivered at the John Howard Decade conference, ANU, 2006. (


2013: Defending Politics: Why Democracy Matters in the 21st Century. Review, AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICS AND HISTORY 59 (1), 156-157.

2012: Rupert Murdoch: An Investigation of Political Power. AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICS AND HISTORY 58 (3), 462-463.

Julia 2010: The Caretaker Election. Review AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICS AND HISTORY 58 (3), 465-466.

2011: Learning to be a Minister: Heroic Expectations, Practical Realities. Review, AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICS AND HISTORY 57 (1), 133-134.

Sideshow: Dumbing Down Democracy. Review, AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICS AND HISTORY 57 (3), 476-477.

2010: “Alive and Kicking: reports of capitalism’s death”, [Book review. Goodbye to All That?: On the Failure of Neo-Liberalism and the Urgency of Change. Manne, Robert and McKnight, David (eds) (2010).] Australian Book Review, no.322, June 2010: 58-59.

Confusion: The Making of the Australian Two-Party System. Review. AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICS AND HISTORY 56 (3), 474-475

2009: “The long road back to office”: [Book review: Liberals and Power: The Road Ahead. Van Onselen, Peter (ed.). (2008).] Australian Book Review, no.308, Feb 2009: 18-19.

Review of In Government we Trust: Market Failure and the Delusions of Privatisation. AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE 44 (4), 751-752.

Review of Trade Unionism in Australia: From Flood Tide to Ebb Tide. AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE 44 (3), 547-548

Review of The Politics of Radical Democracy. AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE 44 (3), 576-577.

2008: “Death of a government” [Review of Aulich, Chris and Wettenhall, Roger (eds). Howard’s Fourth Government: Australian Commonwealth Administration 2004-2007.

Review of Jackman, Christine. Inside Kevin 07: the People, the Plan, the Prize; and van Onselen, Peter and Senior, Philip. Howard’s End: the Unravelling of a Government. Australian Book Review, no.304, Sept 2008: 13-15.

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