Associate Professor Paul Strangio

Associate Professor Paul Strangio
 

Biography

Paul was appointed as a lecturer at Monash University in 2002, initially teaching with the National Centre for Australian Studies, before transferring to Politics in 2005. Prior to his appointment at Monash, he had taught Australian Studies and Politics at several other Victorian-based universities. Paul was the convenor of the Politics discipline in 2007-08.

He has been a frequent commentator on Australian politics in the print and election media, including contributing many op/ed pieces to the Melbourne Age and having been an election commentator on ABC radio 774 Melbourne.

Two of his latest pieces of commentary are linked below

The Loved and Loathed

A Legacy Tainted by Failure to Connect with Voters

Research

Paul’s primary research area is Australian political history, with a particular emphasis on the Labor Party; political biography; Victorian politics, and political leadership, both prime ministers and premiers.

His most recent book is the first major narrative history of the Victorian Labor Party. His current projects include an Australian Research Council funded study of the development of the Australian prime ministership and he is co-editing (with Professors Paul ‘t Hart and James Walter) a study of prime ministerial leadership in Westminster democracies that is being published by Oxford University Press (UK) in 2013.

Publications

 Books

  • Neither Power Nor Glory: 100 Years of Political Labor in Victoria, 1856-1956, Melbourne University Publishing, Melbourne, 2012.
  • Confusion: The Making of the Australian Two-Party System, Melbourne University Publishing, Carlton, 2009 [edited with Nick Dyrenfurth].
  • No, Prime Minister:  Reclaiming Politics from leaders, UNSW Press, Sydney, 2007 [with James Walter].
  • The Victorian Premiers 1856-2006, Federation Press, Sydney, 2006 [co-edited with Brian Costar].
  • The Great Labor Schism: A Retrospective, Scribe Publications, Melbourne, 2005, [co-edited with Brian Costar and Peter Love].
  • Keeper of the Faith: A Biography of Jim Cairns, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 2002.
  • No Toxic Dump! A triumph for grassroots democracy and environmental justice, Pluto Press, Sydney, 2001.
  • Arguing the Cold War, Red Rag Publications (an imprint of Overland ), [co-edited with Peter Love]

Book Chapters

  • ‘The Evolution of Prime Ministerial Afterlives in Australia’ in Kevin Theakston and Jouke de Vries (eds), Former Leaders in Modern Democracies: Political Sunsets, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, 2012.
  • ‘Prime Ministerial Government in Australia’ in Rodney Smith, Ariadne Vromen and Ian Cook (eds), Contemporary Politics in Australia: Theories, Practices and Issues, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 2012.
  • ‘”The Tideless Pond that Seemed Waiting for Me”: The Afterlife of Australian Prime Ministers’ in Paul ‘t Hart and John Uhr (eds), How Power Changes Hands: Transition and Succession in Government, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire,2011.
  • ‘Introduction: From Confusion to Stability’ in Paul Strangio and Nick Dyrenfurth (eds), Confusion: The Making of the Australian Two-Party System, Melbourne University Publishing, Carlton, 2009.
  • ‘an intensity of feeling such as I had never before witnessed: Fusion in Victoria’ in Paul Strangio and Nick Dyrenfurth, Confusion: The Making of the Australian Two-Party System, Melbourne University Publishing, Carlton, 2009.
  • ‘The Retiring Premiers: A New Style of Leadership Transition’ in Paul ‘t Hart and John Uhr (eds), Public Leadership: Perspectives and Practices. ANU E Press, Canberra, 2008, pp. 239-51.
  • ‘Broken heads and flaming houses: Graham Berry, the wild colonial premier’ in Paul Strangio and Brian Costar (eds), The Victorian Premiers, Federation Press, Sydney, 2006, pp. 51-73.
  • ‘John Cain snr: the star-crossed premier’ in Paul Strangio and Brian Costar (eds), The Victorian Premiers, Federation Press, Sydney, 2006, pp. 250-274.
  • ‘John Cain jnr: the burden of history’ in Paul Strangio and Brian Costar (eds), The Victorian Premiers, Federation Press, Sydney, 2006, pp. 325-350.
  • ‘Introduction: premiers and politics, 1856-2006′ in Paul Strangio and Brian Costar (eds), The Victorian Premiers, Federation Press, Sydney, 2006, pp. 1-11 [with Brian Costar].
  • ‘The Split: a Victorian Phenomenon’ in Brian Costar, Peter Love and Paul Strangio (eds), The Great Labor Schism: A Retrospective, Scribe Publications, Melbourne, 2005, pp. 23-45.
  • ‘B. A. Santamaria: Religion as Politics’ in Brian Costar, Peter Love and Paul Strangio (eds), The Great Labor Schism: A Retrospective, Scribe Publications, Melbourne, 2005, pp. 201-19. [with Brian Costar]
  • ‘Closure? Federal Intervention in the Victorian ALP, 1970-71′ in Brian Costar, Peter Love and Paul Strangio (eds), The Great Labor Schism: A Retrospective, Scribe Publications, Melbourne, 2005, pp. 341-65.
  • ‘Whitlam Vs Cairns: Colliding Visions of Labor’ in Jenny Hocking and Colleen Lewis (eds), It’s Time Again: Whitlam and Modern Labor, Circa, Melbourne, 2003, pp. 339-70.
  • ‘Victoria’ in Jeremy Moon and Campbell Sharman (eds), Australian Government in the TwentiethCentury, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 2003, pp. 154-182. [with Professor Brian Costar and Dr Nicholas Economou]

Refereed Journal Articles

  • ‘A Constitutional Crisis Averted? The Demise of Governor Brian Murray’, Victorian Historical Journal, vol. 77, no. 2, November 2006, pp. 212-228.
  • ‘Incumbency Dominance: An Unhealthy Trend?’, Papers on Parliament: Images, Colours and Reflections, no. 46, December 2006, pp. 97-110.
  • ‘”Young, ambitious and eager”: Stan Keon and the Victorian Public Service Association’, Labour History, no. 87, November 2004, pp. 167-86.
  • ‘B. A Santamaria: “A True Believer”?’, History Australia, vol. 1, no. 2, June 2004, pp. 256-78. [with Associate-Professor Brian Costar]
  • ‘Victorian Labor and Reform of the Legislative Council, 1950-2003′,Labour History, no. 86, May 2004, pp. 33-52.

Works of Reference

  • ‘ALP’, The Oxford Companion of Australian Politics, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2007.
  • ‘James Ford Cairns’, The Oxford Companion of Australian Politics, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2007.
  • ‘Victoria’, The Oxford Companion of Australian Politics, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2007 [with Brian Costar].
  • ‘Victorian Premiers’, The Oxford Companion of Australian Politics, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2007 [with Brian Costar].
  • ‘Guiseppe Di Salvo’ in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, forthcoming, vol. 17, Melbourne University Press, Carlton.
  • ‘Black Wednesday’, Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 2005.
  • ‘James Michael Sheehan’ in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 16, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 2002.

Op/Ed Pieces

  • ‘Has Labor’s messiah complex finally taught it a tough lesson?’, Age, 27 February 2012
  • ‘Politics of hate takes aim at PM’, Age, 7 November 2011.
  • ‘Politics becomes the plaything of capricious electoral gods’, Age, 29 November 2010.
  • ‘Libs won’t sup with the devil’, Age, 16 November 2010.
  • ‘The Greening of a one-time Labor citadel’, Age, 20 August 2010.
  • ‘Heed the fatal peril of excess’, Age, 28 June 2010 [with James Walter]
  • ‘Prime Minister or President? The folly of dominance exposed’, Sydney Morning Herald, 24 June 2010.
  • ‘Brumby’s point to prove’, Age, 2 January 2010.
  • ‘Climate scorches Liberals’ unity’, Age, 2 December 2009,
  • ‘Century-old lessons return to haunt modern-day Liberals’, Age, 24 November 2009.
  • ‘ALP claims the jewel in the crown’, Age, 14 September 2009.
  • ‘Labor must give members a voice’, Age, 11 June 2009.
  • ‘The times they have changed Labor tradition’, Age, 21 November 2008.
  • ‘A game of two halves’, Weekend Australian, 26 July 2008 [with Nick Dyrenfurth].
  •  ‘Lessons from two giants’ Labor of love’, Sunday Age, 13 April 2008.
  • ‘Why leaders are opting out early’, Age, 30 November 2007.
  • ‘A foreigner in his own kingdom’, Age, 15 October 2007 [with James Walter].
  • ‘An ordinary bloke who grabbed the state’s reins’, Age, 28 July 2007.
  • ‘Time always takes its toll’, Age, 28 May 2007.
  • ‘Following the leader’, ABC News online, Posted 30 April 2007http://www.abc.net.au/news/opinion/items/200704/s1909799.htm
  • ‘Incumbency wins, but that’s not OK’, Age, 26 March 2007.
  • ‘Everyman becomes a superman’, Age, 27 November 2006.
  • ‘Baillieu has to swim against electoral tide’, Age, 6 November 2006.
  • ‘Ordinary is now the way to be’, Age, 13 September 2006.
  • ‘When the bright ideals start to fade’, Age, 17 July 2006.
  • ‘A recipe for bad leaders’, Age, 27 May 2006.
  • ‘How politicians deal with political death’, Age, 24 February 2006.
  • ‘A history writ with poison pen’, Age, 20 September 2005.
  • ‘Déjà vu for Labor as feral factions threaten to split the party’,Age, 27 May 2005
  • ‘Labor must rattle the cage’, Age, 22 November 2004.
  • ‘Labor, religion and a little history’, Age, 6 October 2004
  • ‘Howard, a PM with no regrets’, Age, 21 July 2004.
  • ‘Howard, nemesis of Whitlamism’, Age, 18 May 2004.
  • ‘Can John Howard ignore the siren song of power?, Age, 17 March 2004.
  • ‘Heir apparent tries on the Whitlam mantle’, Age, 6 December 2003.
  • ‘Labor and the Carmen factor’, Age, 18 November 2003.
  • ‘Farewell to a conscience of the nation’, Age, 13 October 2003
  • ‘A man ahead of his times’, Sydney Morning Herald, 13 October 2003.
  • ‘Beazley’s inner demons have a lot to answer for’, Age, 1 July 2003.
  • ‘Is Howard the new Menzies?’, Age, 11 June 2003.
  • ‘The upper house is tamed at last, Age, 30 March 2003.
  • ‘From Vietnam to Iraq, a tale of two protest movements’, Age, 18 February 2003.
  • ‘The move that saved Labor in Victoria’, Age, 3 December 2002.
  • ‘Victoria: a state of instability’, Age, 7 November 2002 [with Brian Costar].
  • ‘Titillation factor devalues a noble contribution’, Australian, 19 September 2002.
  • ‘Listen up, you warmongers’, Age, 2 August 2002.
  • ‘When the rules feel wrong, civil disobedience should be duty’, Australian, 4 July 2002.
  • “Why Cairns fails as a Labor hero’, Age, 18 June 2002
  • ‘Labor did not have to abandon its principles’, Age, 16 November 2001

Teaching

  • ATS2702 / ATS3702 Victorian State Politics and Policy
  • ATS2703 / ATS3703 Leaders, Publics and Power: Australian Politics in an Age of Leadership Centrality
  • ATS3836 Victorian Parliamentary Internship

Postgraduate Supervision

Paul’s current postgraduate students are undertaking research on:

  • The Labor Party, Coal Industry and Climate Change Policy
  • Reforms to the Melbourne City Council in the 1990s
  • The Populist leadership of Jack Lang and Huey Long
  • Women’s suffrage in Victoria and the right to stand for parliament