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Dr Zim Nwokora



Senior Lecturer in Politics and Policy Studies


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Hum & Social Science


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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Territorial Dynamics in Sri Lanka: Federalism, Unitarism and Path Dependence

Jayani Nadarajalingam, Zim Nwokora

(2023), pp. 73-88, Constitutional Resilience in South Asia, Oxford, Eng., B1

book chapter

Political Science in the Courtroom: Potential and Pitfalls

Zim Nwokora, Jayani Nadarajalingam

(2023), pp. 245-261, Facts in Public Law Adjudication, Sydney, N.S.W., B1

book chapter

Ignore, Rebut or Embrace: Political Elite Responses to Conspiracy Theories

Zim Nwokora

(2023), pp. 1-9, Political Studies Review, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Transitional Support for Former Members of Parliament: Benchmarks for 'Professional Parliaments'

Peter Ferguson, Amy Nethery, Zim Nwokora

(2023), pp. 1-24, Parliamentary Affairs, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

Commentary: The Cultural Determinants of Party System Change

Riccardo Pelizzo, Zim Nwokora

(2022), Vol. 12, pp. 233-253, Policy Studies Yearbook, Washington, D.C., B1

book chapter

The real fourth estate? Portrayals of Trump's rise in the foreign media of friendly countries

Z Nwokora, B Isakhan, C Pan

(2022), Vol. 43, pp. 838-859, Policy studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

The prime minister's constitution: Cabinet rulebooks in Westminster democracies

N Barry, N Miragliotta, Z Nwokora

(2022), pp. 1-18, Governance, London, England, C1

journal article

The Invisible Primary in an Agent-Based Model: Ideology, Strategy, and Competitive Dynamics

Z Nwokora, D Brouzet

(2022), pp. 1-18, Political Research Quarterly, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Constitutional design for dynamic democracies: A framework for analysis

Zim Nwokora

(2022), pp. 1-31, International Journal of Constitutional Law, Oxford, England, C1

journal article

Politics as a transitory vocation: a case study of the post-parliamentary challenges experienced by former Victorian MPs

A Nethery, Z Nwokora, P Ferguson, M Clarke

(2022), Vol. 57, pp. 403-419, Australian Journal of Political Science, C1

journal article

Transitioning to Life after Parliament

Amy Nethery, peter Ferguson, Zim Nwokora, matthew Clarke

(2022), Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Integrity and Accountability in Australian Government and Politics

Zim Nwokora

(2020), pp. 1-20, Oxford Handbook of Australian Politics, Oxford, Eng., B1

book chapter

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

journal article

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

(2020), Vol. 40, pp. 54-69, Politics, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Comparing judicial review regimes: a review essay on The Politico-legal Dynamics of Judicial Review, by Theunis Roux

Zim Nwokora

(2020), Vol. 31, pp. 133-141, Public law review, North Ryde, N.S.W., C1

journal article

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

William Partlett, Zim Nwokora


journal article

Political Finance Regulation and Reform in New South Wales: Towards a Fairer System?

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

(2019), Vol. 65, pp. 115-134, Australian Journal of Politics and History, C1

journal article

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

journal article

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

book chapter

Measuring party system change: a systems perspective

Z Nwokora, R Pelizzo

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

journal article

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), Vol. 77, pp. 797-812, Australian Journal of Public Administration, C1

journal article

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

journal article

Development in Africa

Riccardo Pelizzo, Abel Kinyondo, Zim Nwokora

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

journal article

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

journal article


Narelle Miragliotta, Zim Nwokora

(2016), Vol. 39, pp. 341-367, UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES LAW JOURNAL, C1

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

The political consequences of party system change

Z Nwokora, R Pelizzo

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

journal article

Sartori reconsidered: toward a new predominant party system

Z Nwokora, R Pelizzo

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

journal article

The distinctive politics of campaign finance reform

Z Nwokora

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

journal article

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

book chapter

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

book chapter

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

book chapter

Conclusion: The right choice at the right time

J Azari, L Brown, Z Nwokora

(2013), pp. 213-220, The Presidential Leadership Dilemma: Between the Constitution and a Political Party, B1-1

book chapter

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Transitioning to Life After Parliament.

Prof Matthew Clarke, Dr Amy Nethery, Dr Zim Nwokora, Dr Peter Ferguson

Parliament of Victoria

  • 2021: $63,000
  • 2020: $20,000

Industry and Other Funding

Beyond Constitutional Laws: The Soft Rules of Governance

Dr Zim Nwokora, Dr Narelle Miragliotta, Dr Nicholas Barry

Australian Political Studies Association Funding

  • 2020: $9,315

Review of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association's Recommended Benchmarks for Codes of Conduct.

Dr Amy Nethery, Dr Peter Ferguson, Dr Zim Nwokora

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

  • 2023: $9,720



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Thesis entitled: Designing Representative Institutions for Pragmatic Deliberation

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