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Dr Zim Nwokora



Senior Lecturer in Politics and Policy Studies


Faculty of Arts and Education


SHSS Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Graduate Certificate of Higher Ed. Learning & Teaching, Deakin University, 2019


Zim Nwokora is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and Policy Studies at Deakin University. A comparative political scientist by training, his research examines theoretical and empirical questions about political party systems, constitutional structures and democracy. This research is informed by close attention to politics in the United States, Nigeria, United Kingdom and Australia.  

Before commencing at Deakin in 2016, he held a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowship at Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, and before that a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia). He holds a bachelor's degree (in Politics and Economics), a master's degree (in Comparative Government), and a doctorate degree (in American Politics), all from the University of Oxford. His post-doctoral experience includes research methods courses at the University of Michigan (statistics, game theory) and at the University of Mannheim (EITM: empirical implications of theoretical models), as well as a Visiting Fellowship at the European University Institute, Florence.

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Research interests

Theoretical Interests: Political Party Systems, Constitutions, Democracy

Regional Interests: United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Africa

Teaching interests

Political Party Systems, Constitutions, Democracy

Comparative Government and Politics

Public Policy

Research Methods

Units taught


Government and Politics of the United States (AIP 208)

Introduction to Politics (AIP 107)



Political Competition (AIP 784)

Governance and Accountability (AIP 747)


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The impact of political finance regulation on party organisation

Anika Gauja, Stephen Mills, Narelle Miragliotta, Joo-Cheong Tham, Zim Nwokora, Malcolm Anderson

(2020), Vol. 73, pp. 1-21, Parliamentary affairs, Oxford, Eng., C1


The dynamics of constitutional conventions in Westminster democracies

Nicholas Barry, Narelle Miragliotta, Zim Nwokora

(2019), Vol. 72, pp. 664-683, Parliamentary affairs, Oxford, Eng., C1


The foundations of democratic dualism: why constitutional politics and ordinary politics are different

William Partlett, Zim Nwokora

(2019), Vol. 26, pp. 177-193, Constellations, Chichester, Eng., C1


Political finance regulation and reform in New South Wales: towards a fairer system?

Z Nwokora, Malcolm Anderson, Joo-Cheong Tham, Anika Gauja, Stephen Mills, Narelle Miragliotta

(2019), Vol. 65, pp. 115-134, Australian journal of politics and history, Chichester, Eng., C1


Othering as soft-power discursive practice: China Daily's construction of Trump's America in the 2016 presidential election

C Pan, B Isakhan, Z Nwokora

(2019), pp. 1-16, Politics, London, Eng., C1


Perceptions of democracy and the rise of Donald Trump: a framing analysis of Saudi Arabian media

Benjamin Isakhan, Zim Nwokora, Chengxin Pan

(2019), Vol. 15, pp. 159-175, Global media and communication, London, Eng., C1


Measuring party system change: a systems perspective

Z Nwokora, R Pelizzo

(2018), Vol. 66, pp. 100-118, Political studies, London, Eng., C1


Less money, fewer donations: the impact of New South Wales political finance laws on private funding of political parties

M Anderson, J Tham, Z Nwokora, A Gauja, S Mills, N Miragliotta

(2018), Australian journal of public administration, Chichester, Eng., C1


Party system change and the quality of democracy in East Africa

R Pelizzo, Z Nwokora

(2018), Vol. 46, pp. 505-528, Politics and policy, Chichester, Eng., C1


Dimensions of development in Africa

Riccardo Pelizzo, Abel Kinyondo, Z Nwokora

(2018), pp. 15-35, Africa in the Globalisation Era - Poverty and Development in the Third Millennium, Alessandria, Italy, B1


Development in Africa

Riccardo Pelizzo, Abel Kinyondo, Zim Nwokora

(2018), Vol. 181, pp. 257-285, World Affairs, Thousand Oaks, Calif., C1


Narratives of a race: how the media judged a presidential debate

Z Nwokora, L Brown

(2017), Vol. 45, pp. 33-62, American politics research, London, Eng., C1-1


Savings provisions in Australian electoral law : their forms, functions and historical development

N Miragliotta, Z Nwokora

(2016), Vol. 39, pp. 341-367, UNSW law journal, Sydney, N.S.W., C1


Bridging the divide: measuring party system change and classifying party systems

R Pelizzo, Z Nwokora

(2016), Vol. 44, pp. 1017-1052, Politics and policy, London, Eng., C1


Sceptical partisans: How citizens think about political finance

Z Nwokora

(2015), Vol. 50, pp. 73-92, Australian journal of political science, London, Eng., C1-1


Current and Future Friends of the Earth: Assessing Cross-National Theories of Environmental Attitudes

K Stenner, Z Nwokora

(2015), Vol. 8, pp. 4899-4919, Energies, Basel, Switzerland, C1-1


Bridging the gap: Early warning, gender and the responsibility to protect

S Davies, S Teitt, Z Nwokora

(2015), Vol. 50, pp. 228-249, Cooperation and conflict, London, Eng., C1-1


The political consequences of party system change

Z Nwokora, R Pelizzo

(2015), Vol. 43, pp. 453-473, Politics & policy, London, Eng., C1-1


Sartori reconsidered: toward a new predominant party system

Z Nwokora, R Pelizzo

(2014), Vol. 62, pp. 824-842, Political studies, London, Eng., C1-1


The distinctive politics of campaign finance reform

Z Nwokora

(2014), Vol. 20, pp. 918-929, Party politics, London, Eng., C1-1


Presidential leadership dilemma, between the constitution and a political party

Julia Azari, Lara Brown, Zim Nwokora

(2013), Albany, N.Y., A1-1


Pathways to the nomination: an analytic framework

Z Nwokora

(2013), pp. 17-38, Presidential leadership dilemma, Albany, N. Y., B1-1


A rock and a hard place: between a party and the people

J Azari, L Brown, Z Nwokora

(2013), pp. 1-15, The presidential leadership dilemma : between the Constitution and a political party, Albany, N.Y., B1-1


The right choice at the right time

J Azari, L Brown, Z Nwokora

(2013), pp. 213-220, Presidential leadership dilemma: between a constitution and a political party, Albany, N.Y., B1-1


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