Dr Marija Taflaga

ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Australian History (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History) 210303
  • Australian Government And Politics 160601
  • Comparative Government And Politics 160603

Research interests

I undertake research in the areas of:

  • Comparative Political Parties
  • Comparative Political Elites
  • Australian Politics
  • Australian Political History
  • Gender and politics


Marija Taflaga a lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations and the Director of the Center for the Study of Australian Politics.

Marija researches Australian politics in comparison with other Westminster nations and also undertakes research in Australian political history. Her research examines political parties’ relationship with parliament and the executive. Marija is interested in how institutional design impacts upon outcomes. For example, how do like political parties institutionalise policy making processes and learn over time and how to candidate selection rules effect women’s capacity to enter parliament.

Recently, she has also begun researching in the area of the career paths of political elites. Here the aim is to understand how previous career experience within fields closely related to politics (eg. political advising) impacts upon prospective politicians’ overall success in elected politics.

Her Research has been published in Political Studies, International Political Science Review, Australian Journal of Political Science and the Australian Journal of Politics and History.


Researcher's projects

Current working projects:

Marija Taflaga, Conservative parties, organisational learning and policy institutionalisation: A comparative study of the United Kingdom and Australia

Keith Dowding, Marija Taflaga and Matthew Kerby, 'The representation of women on Australian parliamentary committees'.

Katrine Beauregard and Marija Taflaga, ‘Party Quotas and Gender Differences in Resources and Support to Run for Office in Australia: 1987-2016’,





Projects and Grants

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