New perspectives on Australian federalism and school funding

With major reforms and reviews of Australia’s intergovernmental relations and school funding currently underway, the need to understand these complex areas and re-examine common assumptions has never been greater.

I’ll be presenting my recent findings on these contested and interrelated subjects at the upcoming Australian Political Science Association’s Annual Conference: “Connected Globe: Conflicting Worlds”.  My first paper “The evolution of school funding settlements in Australian and the United States: Intergovernmental perspectives” is the first academic paper comparing the two countries’ school finance from this perspective, and is based upon fieldwork and interviews undertaken during my Visiting Scholar position at Columbia University in New York.  My second paper, “Australian federalism and school funding: Exploring the nexus in Victoria’s devolution reforms”, presents a critique of common perceptions and normative models of federalism and policy reform.  Both papers are based on extensive original research and offer insights for policymakers and academics alike.

The APSA conference is being held 27-29 September at the University of Melbourne.  Click here for more information.   Don’t forget that you can access my earlier work by clicking on the ‘Publications, presentations and media’ link found in the bottom-right corner of this screen

Final weeks in North America

My whirlwind international research and conference trip is coming to a close. One more week in New York at Columbia University's Teachers College, then off to Montreal for the Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference and a bit of fieldwork, before the long flight home.  Details of the five papers I'm giving are on the ‘publications and presentations’ page.  Here are some other highlights: speaking with Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez, Chair of the Democratic Caucus Immigration Task Force in US Congress, and Marshall (Mike) S. Smith, who is perhaps most knowledgeable person on US federal education policy. Check out the photo page for a few choice memories with these impressive people.

Papers! Papers! Papers!

Back in Chicago for the Midwest Political Science Association’s annual conference. My paper is titled ‘The untold story of Australian multiculturalism: How it was shaped from below by ethnic communities’. Here’s the paper, and the PowerPoint.  My presentation to the Comparative and International Education Society’s annual conference, ‘The transformation of the Australian school funding: The changing federal framework’ can be found here. Stay tuned for my papers to Columbia University’s Teachers College ‘Policy Research Roundtable’ (26 April) and the Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference (1-3 June).