Prime Minister's Centre Fellowship for Monash academic
Dr Zareh Ghazarian of the School of Social Sciences has been awarded the Australian Prime Minister's Centre Fellowship for 2015-16.
The fellowship, established by the Commonwealth government, was awarded by the Australian Prime Ministers Centre within the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. It aims to raise awareness of Australia’s prime ministers and to provide a national focus for research and scholarship in the field of prime ministerial studies.
As part of the fellowship, Dr Ghazarian will undertake a project that analyses the approaches of prime ministers in advancing their party’s policy agenda in parliament. The project will also examine the leadership of prime ministers in negotiating the passage of bills through the Senate since 1949.
“This project will make a significant contribution to our understanding of prime ministers, governance and public policy in Australia,” said Dr Ghazarian.
“This research will develop new typologies by which the leadership of prime ministers and political leaders can be better understood”.
The project will build on Dr Ghazarian’s track record of teaching and publishing in political science. He is a regular commentator in the media and has just launched his latest book, The Making of a Party System: Minor Parties in the Australian Senate.