Professor Anne Tiernan is Dean (Engagement) of the Griffith University Business School. A political scientist with earlier careers in federal and state government, teaching, and consultancy, Anne has written extensively on the political-administrative interface, governmental transitions, and policy advising. She is author of Lessons in Governing: A Profile of Prime Ministers’ Chiefs of Staff  and The Gatekeepers: Lessons from Prime Ministers’ Chiefs of Staff  (both with RAW Rhodes, Melbourne University Press, 2014),  Learning to be a Minister: Heroic Expectations, Practical Realities  (with Patrick Weller, Melbourne University Press, 2010) and  Power Without Responsibility: Ministerial Staffers in Australian Governments from Whitlam to Howard (UNSW Press, 2007). With Julianne Schultz, Anne co-edited Griffith Review 51: Fixing the System.

Anne is a Member of the Board of the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) at Old Parliament House in Canberra. This, and her work as co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Australian Politics (with Professor Jenny Lewis)makes her optimistic about Australia’s democratic future.


Pieces by Anne Tiernan

Active citizens, constructive answers
Edition 67: Matters of Trust

Beyond the nadir of political leadership
Edition 51: Fixing the System

The trials of apprenticeship: the limits of vicarious power
Edition 3: Webs of Power

Griffith Review