Dr Matthew Laing

Dr Matthew Laing is a political scientist specializing in issues of leadership and policy. He is a lecturer in political leadership with a particular background in United States politics, political leadership, and policy-making in democratic systems. His work and publications have focused on leadership in political parties and in policy processes, as well as leadership capacity building in a range of contexts, particularly policy-making.

A key interest for Dr Laing is the health of western democracies – particularly the disengagement of people in the political process, the quality and diversity of people seeking political office, and the rise of populism. His views on these topics have been published/broadcast in the Australian media.

Dr Laing has worked on these issues both within Australia and overseas, particularly in the United States where he has worked for the United States Congress and for the Global Leadership Project at Boston University; and the Netherlands, where he has worked for the National Police of the Netherlands and Utrecht University.

His interest in comparative political and leadership studies has led to his involvement in a number of ongoing research projects studying leadership and policy across political boundaries.

Dr Laing’s doctorate was completed at the Australian National University. His thesis concentrated on a theoretical and empirical development of the leadership cycle theories of noted American political scientist, Stephen Skowronek, known for his research on American national institutions and the United States presidency.

Dr Laing is currently working on two books, a new standard textbook on political leadership and a history of policy-making and policy leadership in Australia.

Key Areas of Interest: Western democracies, Leadership, Public Policy, Comparative Politics, United States Politics

To learn more about the kinds of research coming from the Faculty of Arts please visit: http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/research/