Patrick Weller
Griffith University
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Patrick Weller AO, FASSA, is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University. He has a BA from Oxford University, a PhD from the Australian National University and a DLitt from Griffith University.

From 1990-2012 he was director of the Centre for Governance and Public Policy at Griffith University. He was professor of politics at Griffith from 1984 to 2015.

He is the author, co-author or editor of some 38 books on Australian politics and comparative institutions. The books on comparative executive politics include:

Can Ministers Cope? (1981)

First among Equals (1985), Malcolm Fraser PM (1989)

Australia’s Mandarins (2001)

Don’t tell the Prime Minister (2002)

Cabinet Government in Australia, 1901-2006 (2007)

Westminster compared (2009; Japanese translation 2015)

Learning to be a Minister (2010)

From Post Box to Power House (2011), (a co-authored history of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,)

Kevin Rudd, twice Prime Minister (2014).

He is writing a comparative study of prime ministers in Westminster systems, contracted to Oxford University Press and due for delivery in July 2017.

On International Organisations, he is co-author, with Xu Yi-chong, of The Governance of World Trade: International Civil Servants in the GATT/WTO (2004) and Inside the World Bank (2009). They are joint editors of The Politics of International Organisations: Views from Inside (2015).

Their next book, The Working World of International Organisations, is contracted to Oxford University Press and the text was delivered to the publishers in November 2016. He has also written over 70 journal articles and 80 book chapters. He has won fourteen grants from the Australian Research Council since 1985.

He was elected a fellow of the Academy of the Social Science in Australia in 1996 and appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2002. He was chair of the Queensland Corrective Services Commission from 1994-96 and a member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Group on Reform of Australian Government Administration in 2010.