Anika Gauja


Associate Professor

University of Sydney, Department of Government and International Relations

Anika Gauja’s research interests broadly centre on the comparative analysis of political institutions in modern representative democracies. Her work to date has looked at the operation of political parties, assessing the continuing relevance of these institutions as mechanisms for citizen participation in politics and their ability to represent diverse and conflicting interests. She is particularly interested in how political parties adapt to organizational and social change. Anika Gauja also researches in the areas of comparative party law and electoral regulation. She has published in journals both within Australia and internationally, including Party Politics, the European Journal of Political Research, Governance and the Australian Journal of Political Science. She is the author of Party Reform (Oxford University Press), The Politics of Party Policy (Palgrave Macmillan) and co-editor of numerous publications on party members and electoral politics, including Party Members and Activists (Routledge) and Double Disillusion: The 2016 Australian Federal Election (ANU Press).

Research interests

Political parties, political participation, comparative politics. 

Research project pursued at the CEE

Anika Gauja will be working on a book manuscript that examines contemporary meanings of party membership, and how citizens engage with political parties beyond formal membership.

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