A PhD Student from the Centre for Governance and Public Policywas presented with an award at the 2012 Australian Political Studies Assocation (APSA) Conference held in Hobart from September 24 to 26.
The award for best postgraduate paper at theConference went to Glenn Kefford for his paper entitledAre Leaders Becoming More Powerful? Kevin Rudd and the Presidentialization Thesis Re-examined. The paper examined whether Australian politics is becoming presidentialized. Specifically, it examined Kevin Rudd’s leadership of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) andfound the evidence for presidentialization in the Australian system is mixed. It argued the most compelling evidence in support of presidentialization is reflected in how leaders interact with their parties rather than in how they govern.