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The Australian Study of Politics is the first comprehensive reference work on the history of the study of politics in Australia. It focuses on developments since WW2, exploring the historical roots of each major subfield. We conclude that Australian political science is strong where it has a long-standing engagement with the international political science community (for example, in international relations); where it regularly interacts with Australian government priorities (for example, in public administration); and where it involves the larger community (for example, public intellectuals). Our task is to explain the patchiness and late development of the profession in Australia. The challenge for Australian political science is to foster regional distinctiveness and to compete at an international level.
ROD RHODES is Professor of Government at the University of Tasmania and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the Australian National University, Australia. He is the author or editor of some 30 books including Observing Government Elites: Up Close and Personal, The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions, and Governance Stories (with Mark Bevir). He has been editor of Public Administration since 1986. He is Treasurer of the Australasian Political Studies Association, life Vice-President of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in both Australia and Britain.