During his term here this year Rod will undertake work on Minister’s Court and Courting Ministers. The research team led by Associate Professor Anne Tiernan and Professor Rod Rhodes aims to identify the structures, procedures, rituals and routines of the systems that support Prime Ministers, Premiers and Minsters in their various decision-making and leadership roles. Fieldwork comprises intensive elite interviewing and periods of observing ministers and their staff in action. This research seeks to enhance scholarly understanding of Australia’s executive government and politics at State and Commonwealth levels. It is also relevant to practitioners as it seeks to provide insights into the practices of ministerial “courts”, thereby strengthening the capacity of ministerial support systems and the quality of advice and support for ministers. Findings will also be used in short course and Masters’ degree teaching.
For more information on Rod’s work go to the following links:
Web site: http://www.raw-rhodes.co.uk/