The concept of the political flâneur becomes my vehicle for examining contemporary politics while remaining aloof from political partisanship.
Dr Michael de Percy FCILT is Senior Lecturer in Political Science in the Canberra School of Politics, Economics, and Society at the University of Canberra. He is a graduate of the Australian National University (PhD) and the Royal Military College Duntroon, and he is a Chartered Fellow (FCILT) of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
All comments on this podcast are Dr Michael de Percy's personal views and those of the participants only, and do not represent the views of any other entity.
Special Edition: Interview with Professor John Wanna: Career Reflections
Professor John Wanna has studied politics, policy, and public administration since the 1970s and has published over 50 books and supervised over 50 research students. He is the inaugural Sir John Bunting Chair in Public Administration at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government based at the Australian National University.
He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Science in Australia and National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA). He received IPAA's Meritorious Service Award in 2014 after serving for twenty years as the editor of the Australian Journal of Public Administration.
John’s scholarly contribution is to be honoured with a Festschrift in September 2018, supported by ANZSOG, the ANU, and Wiley Publishing.
In this podcast, I interview Professor Wanna and ask him to reflect on his career.
I would like to thank the editorial team at the Australian Journal of Public Administration and Wiley Publishing for the encouragement to produce this podcast.
#9: On International Mindedness in Education with Cindy Bin Tahal
Today I spoke with Cindy Bin Tahal on the concept of "international mindedness". Cindy is an international school leader and has worked as a principal and taught in various locations in Australia (including the Torres Strait), North America, and Asia.
#8: On Social Media Living Up to its Promises with Raechel Johns
Associate Professor Raechel Johns is a marketing specialist and Head of the School of Management at the University of Canberra. Raechel and I have been colleagues for many years. We even starred in a video video about ten years ago. So I asked Raechel about social media and marketing and how I was disappointed that social media had not lived up to its early promises. Is social media any good? Or has it been over-run by commercial interests?
Raechel talks about the Gartner Hype Curve and the "trough of disillusionment", but also says that social media provides opportunities for building social capital, learning new ideas, and creating social value.
Check out the Show Notes at http://www.politicalscience.com.au/2017/10/is-social-media-living-up-to-its.html
#7: Our Taste in Music: Sociological Explanations
Dr Michael Walsh is a sociologist at the University of Canberra. I asked Michael how sociology explains our musical preferences, what our preferences say about us, and about the future of music in a market-driven, high-tech world. Don't forget to check out the show notes at http://www.politicalscience.com.au/2017/10/on-our-taste-in-music-and-sociological.html.
#6: On Bipartisanship, Reform Fall Guys, Asian Century, and Infrastructure with Michelle Grattan
At the recent Democracy100 forum at Old Parliament House hosted by the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, Bob Hawke and John Howard spoke about the present lack of appetite for reform. Populism appears to be making it more difficult to pursue a reform agenda.
So, in an effort to investigate some of these issues to encourage discussion with my students, I put some of these questions to Michelle Grattan AO, Professorial Fellow of the University of Canberra and Chief Political Correspondent at The Conversation.
The recording was made at Parliament House, and you can hear the divisional bells for the Senate sounding in the background. My thanks to Michelle for providing this content for my teaching.
Don't forget to check out the show notes at http://www.politicalscience.com.au/2017/09/on-bipartisanship-reform-fall-guys.html.
#5: Philosophy, Art, and Living the Creative Life with Margarita Georgiadis
Internationally acclaimed Australian artist Margarita Georgiadis lives in the village of Gunning on the New South Wales Southern Tablelands, That's my home town, and for this podcast I spoke with Margarita about philosophy, art, and living the creative life. Don't forget to check out the show notes at http://www.politicalscience.com.au/2017/09/margarita-georgiadis-on-philosophy-art.html.