Marian Sawer is former head of the Political Science Program and now Emeritus Professor and Public Policy Fellow at the Australian National University. From 2002 to 2008 she led the Democratic Audit of Australia, using the audit framework developed by International IDEA in Stockholm. The capstone book, Australia: The State of Democracy, was launched in October 2009. She is a former Chair of IPSA Research Committee 19 on Gender, Politics and Policy and has published widely on issues of women’s political representation, women’s policy machinery and women’s movements. She has done applied work on equal opportunity and gender policy monitoring both for government and for United Nations agencies.
Another research interest has been competing liberal ideologies and her books in this area include The Ethical State? (2003). She was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1994 for services to women and to political science and was elected two years later to the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. She is a former President of the Australasian Political Studies Association and in 2009 was presented with its Lifetime Achievement Award. She was an elected member of the IPSA Executive Committee (2006–2012) and Program Co-Chair for the 2016 IPSA World Congress.
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