Organising for a more diverse political science: Australia and New Zealand

By Marian Sawer and Jennifer Curtin



Until the 1970s neither Australian nor New Zealand political studies gave much attention to issues of diversity. This reflected both the makeup of the profession and the majoritarian nature of the political systems that was the major object of its attention. We argue that feminist organising on both sides of the Tasman had led to greater pluralism within the discipline. Using a comparative institutional approach, we trace the relationship between organising within the professional associations and the acceptance of greater diversity of approach and standpoint. We find, however, that while both countries’ Associations have become somewhat more inclusive, a hierarchy of knowledge still exists that may prove an obstacle to feminist and Indigenous political scientists joining discipline-based departments and programmes.

Keywords diversity; gender; political science discipline; Australia; New Zealand

Citation: Sawer, M., & Curtin, J. (2016). Organising for a more diverse political science: Australian and New Zealand. European Political Science, 15(4), 441-456

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