Professor Darren R. Halpin

B.App.Sci (Hons), PhD
Professor of Political Science
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: 02 6125 4825

Areas of expertise

  • Australian Government And Politics 160601
  • Comparative Government And Politics 160603
  • Public Policy 160510

Research interests

Public Policy; Interest Groups and NGOs; Democracy and Political Representation; Think tanks and Lobbying; Australian Politics; Comparative Politics



Darren is Professor of Political Science at the Research School of Social Sciences, the Australian National University. He is Co-editor of the journal Interest Groups and Advocacy and the Foundation Series Editor for the book series Interest Groups, Advocacy and Democracy (Palgrave, UK). His research agenda examines interest groups in the policy process, with specific emphasis on the political representation provided by groups, the level of (and necessity for) internal democracy within groups, and in assessing group organizational development/capacity. Darren has undertaken research in several country contexts, including Australia, the UK, Denmark and the US. He also has an interest in group advocacy at the international level. These themes are explored in his two recent books, Groups, Representation and Democracy (Manchester University Press) and The Organization of Political Interest Groups (Routledge). Along with Anthony Nownes (Tennessee) he contributed the Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science entry on US Interest Groups. Darren is co-convenor of a newly established Political Organisations and Participation section of the Australian Political Studies Association.

Researcher's projects

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Projects and Grants

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