Linda Botterill, FASSA

Head, Canberra School of Politics, Economics & Society, Professor in Australian Politics

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Personal profile


Prior to my academic career, I worked for nearly 15 years in policy practice in the Australian Public Service, as an adviser to two Cabinet Ministers, and as a senior policy adviser in two industry associations.  Much of this work related to Australian rural policy and I therefore have a deep practical understanding of this policy field. 

I was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 2015.

Research interests

My research is driven by a strong interest in the policy development process; both in understanding how policy is made and the connections between politics and policy.  This is increasingly leading me into the sub-field of political psychology.  My recent book with Edward Elgar (2019) explores the role of values in the policy process, the links between policy and politics, and the limitations in the major public policy theories.  This constitutes a new analytical lens through which to view the policy development process and politics more generally.

Because of my strong background in Australian rural policy, much of my research has drawn on it as the basis for broader analytical work around the nature of politics and policy.  I am Australia's leading expert on drought policy.

 Areas of Research Interest

  • Public policy theory and practice
  • The role of values in policy and politics
  • Australian Politics
  • Political Psychology


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Australian National University

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Research Output

Give people and businesses money now they can pay back later (if and when they can)

Botterill, L., Chapman, B., Withers, G. & McKibbin, W., 29 Mar 2020, The Conversation, p. 1-5 3 p.

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    Initiative-Resistance and the Australian Party System

    Botterill, L. & Fenna, A., 21 Apr 2020, In : Australian Journal of Politics and History. 66, 1, p. 63-77 15 p., 12639.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Interrogating Public Policy Theory: A Political Values Perspective

    BOTTERILL, L. & Fenna, A., 2019, Glos, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing. 198 p. (New Horizons in Public Policy Series )

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • A prospective evaluation of contingent loans as a means of financing wild dog exclusion fences

    Cockfield, G., Botterill, L. C. & Kelly, S., 2018, In : Rangeland Journal. 40, 6, p. 591-601 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Contesting facts about wind farms in Australia and the legitimacy of adverse health effects

    CLARK, S. & BOTTERILL, L., 1 Jul 2018, In : Health. 22, 4, p. 337–355 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    3 Downloads (Pure)