BA (Hons) (Melbourne), MA (La Trobe), PhD (Melbourne)
Political science

James Walter, Emeritus Professor of Political Science in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University, continues research projects linking leadership, policy, political culture and intellectual history. Current projects include:

  • relations between the research community and the governmental policy making domain
  • a comparative historical study of federal policy decision-making processes since the 1940s
  • a longitudinal collective biography of a cohort of federal politicians.
  • Emeritus Professor, Politics, Monash University, 2016-
  • Professor of Political Science, School of Social Sciences, Monash University, 2002-2016
  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Arts), Griffith University, 1996-2002
  • Professor of Australian Studies, Griffith University, 1987-2002.
  • Professor and Head, Sir Robert Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, University of London, 1990-1993.
  • Chair, Australian Studies Offshore Reference Committee, DEETYA, 1996-97
  • Member, Australia-China Council, DFAT, 1995-99
  • Member, National Archives Advisory Council, 1997-2001.

  • Paul Strangio, Paul 't Hart and James Walter (2017) The Pivot of Power: Australian Prime Ministers and Political Leadership, 1949-2016. Melbourne: Miegunyah Press.
  • Paul Strangio, Paul 't Hart and James Walter (2016) Settling the Office: The Australian Prime Ministership from Federation to Reconstruction. Melbourne: Miegunyah Press.
  • Paul Strangio, Paul 't Hart and James Walter, eds (2013) Understanding Prime-Ministerial Performance. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • James Walter, (2010) What were they thinking? The politics of ideas in Australia. Sydney: UNSW Press, winner of the APSA/Mayer Award for Australian politics 2011.
  • James Walter and Paul Strangio (2007) No, prime minister: reclaiming politics from leaders. Sydney: UNSW Press.
  • Peter Saunders and James Walter, eds (2005) Ideas and Influence: Social Science and Public Policy in Australia. Sydney: UNSW Press.
  • James Walter and Margaret MacLeod (2002) The Citizens' Bargain: a documentary history of Australian views since 1890. Sydney: UNSW Press.
  • James Walter (1996) Tunnel Vision: the failure of political imagination. Sydney: Allen and Unwin.
  • James Walter and Brian Head, eds (1988) Intellectual Movements and Australian Society. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • James Walter (1986) The Ministers' Minders: personal advisers in national government. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • James Walter (1980) The Leader: a political biography of Gough Whitlam. Brisbane: Unviersity of Queesnland Press.