Campbell Sharman (Ph.D Queen’s) joined the Department in 2002 after a career at the University of Western Australia where he was head of the Political Science Department and a past President of the Australian Political Studies Association.  His research interests include federalism and the effect of institutional rules, both electoral and constitutional, on the political and governmental process in parliamentary systems. He is involved in a continuing project analyzing long term trends in parties, representation and government in Australia based on the Australian Politics and Elections Database.

During 2004 he was Associate Research Director for the BC Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform and has undertaken projects for the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions.

Dr Sharman is happy to assist graduate students with their research projects; recent topics have included compulsory voting, parliamentary bicameralism, parties and the federal process, and Australian references for a range of topics in comparative politics.

  • Royce Koop and Campbell Sharman, “National Party Structure in Parliamentary Federations: Subcontracting Electoral Mobilization in Canada and Australia”, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 53(2) 2015.
  • Campbell Sharman, “Conventions and Upper Houses: Establishing Parliamentary Accommodation in Australia and Canada”, in Brian Galligan and Scott Brenton (editors), Constitutional Conventions in Westminster Systems: Controversies, Changes and Challenges, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015, 157-172.
  • Campbell Sharman, “Parties and Federalism: Riker, Aggregation and Devolution”, in Narelle Miragliotta, Anika Gauja and Rodney Smith (editors), Contemporary Australian Political Party Organisations, Clayton, Vic.: Monash University Publishing, 2015, 197-211.
  • Campbell Sharman, “Limiting Party Representation: Evidence from a Small Parliamentary Chamber”, Legislative Studies Quarterly, 38(3) August 2013: 327-348.
  • Narelle Miragliotta and Campbell Sharman, “Federalism and New Party Insurgency in Australia”, Regional and Federal Studies, 22(5) December 2012: 577-594.
  • Campbell Sharman, “Political Legitimacy for an Appointed Senate”, IRPP Choices, 14(11) September 2008: 1-26.