Professor Darren Halpin

Professor of Political Science
College of Arts and Social Sciences

I arrived at the ANU in 2012. Prior to this appointment I held tenured positions in both the United Kingdom and Denmark. I have held visiting positions internationally, including at Helsinki, Stanford, and Aberdeen universities.

Until 2022, I was co-editor of the international journal Interest Groups and Advocacy. I am Foundation Editor of a book series of the same name (Palgrave, UK). I co-founded and until 2022 co-convened the Political Organisations and Participation section of the Australian Political Studies Association.

With international colleagues, I founded and co-direct the Policy Advocacy Lab which connects academic research about policy advocacy to policy practitioners and advocacy organisation leaders.

I speak to public, industry, and academic audiences, as well as to national media. I am often invited to provide input to the boards and senior management of interest groups.

At the Australian National University, I teach undergraduate and graduate classes in interest groups and political lobbying, and convene the Research Internship program for high performing Social Science undergraduates. I have held multiple leadership positions at the ANU, including as Head of Department in both Sociology and Political Science, and as Interim Director of the Research School of Social Sciences. I currently serve as Associate Dean (Research) in the College of Arts and Social Sciences.

More information, including access to publications and other material, can be found on my personal website, darrenhalpin.com

Research interests

I am a political scientist who researches and writes about organised interests (interest groups, thinks tanks, corporations and lobbyists) and political representation, and the connections between the two. I explore these themes in work on Australia, the US, United Kingdom and comparatively.

My first book Groups, Democracy and Representation: Between Promise and Practice (2010, Manchester University Press), probed what we should expect groups to contribute to democratic representation. My follow up book The Organization of Political Interest Groups: Designing Advocacy (2014, Routledge), pioneers an organisational social science perspective on interest groups, spanning group formation through to policy influence.

My new book, with Anthony J. Nownes, The New Entrepreneurial Advocacy: Silicon Valley Elites in American Politics, comes out with Oxford University Press cam out in March 2021.

My work has attracted competitive funding from the Australian Research Council, UK Economic and Social Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust and the British Academy.

  • Halpin, D & Parsons, R 2022, 'Organised Interests and the Courts: Non-Party Access to the High Court of Australia Between 2012 and 2017', Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 68, no. 4, pp. 544-565.
  • Vromen, A, Halpin, D & Vaughan, M 2022, Crowdsourced Politics: The Rise of Online Petitions and Micro-Donations, Springer Nature Singapore Pte. Ltd., Singapore.
  • Halpin, D & Nownes, A 2021, The New Entrepreneurial Advocacy: Silicon Valley Elites in American Politics, Oxford University Press, New York.
  • Halpin, D, Fraussen, B & Ackland, R 2021, 'Which Audiences Engage With Advocacy Groups on Twitter? Explaining the Online Engagement of Elite, Peer, and Mass Audiences With Advocacy Groups', Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, vol. 50, no. 4, pp. 842-865.
  • Bali, A & Halpin, D 2021, 'Agenda-setting instruments: means and strategies for the management of policy demands', Policy & Society: journal of public, foreign and global policy, vol. 40, no. 3.
  • Gromping, M & Halpin, D 2021, 'Do think tanks generate media attention on issues they care about? Mediating internal expertise and prevailing governmental agendas', Policy Sciences, vol. 54, no. 4, pp. 849-866.
  • Ratcliff, S & Halpin, D 2021, 'Dark money and opaque politics: making sense of contributions to Australian political parties', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 56, no. 4, pp. 335-357.
  • Vromen, A, Vaughan, M & Halpin, D 2021, 'Political Organisations and participation', in Jenny M. Lewis and Anne Tiernan (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Australian Politics, Oxford University Press, London, pp. 1-22.
  • Binderkrantz, A, Halpin, D & Pedersen, H 2020, 'From Policy Interest to Media Appearance: Interest Group Activity and Media Bias', The International Journal of Press/Politics, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 712-731.
  • Fraussen, B, Halpin, D & Nownes, A 2020, 'Why do interest groups prioritise some policy issues over others? Explaining variation in the drivers of policy agendas', Journal of Public Policy, vol. -, no. -, pp. 1-20.
  • MacLeod, I & Halpin, D 2020, 'Interest Groups and Policy Communities', in Michael Keating (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Scottish Politics, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 424-445.
  • Halpin, D 2019, 'Close cousins or false friends? Studying interest groups and INGOs', Interest Groups and Advocacy, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 480-489.
  • Halpin, D & Fraussen, B 2019, 'Laying the Groundwork: Linking Internal Agenda-Setting Processes of Interest Groups to Their Role in Policy Making', Administration and Society, vol. 51, no. 8, pp. 1337-1359.
  • Ackland, R & Halpin, D 2019, 'Change or stability in the structure of interest group networks? Evidence from Scottish Public Policy Consultations', Journal of Public Policy, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 267-294.
  • Groemping, M & Halpin, D 2019, 'Does group engagement with members constitute a "beneficial inefficiency"?', Governance: an International journal of Policy, Administration and Institutions, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 511-529.
  • Fraussen, B & Halpin, D 2018, 'How do interest groups legitimate their policy advocacy? Reconsidering linkage and internal democracy in times of digital disruption', Public Administration, vol. 96, no. 1, pp. 23-35.
  • Halpin, D, Vromen, A, Vaughan, M et al 2018, 'Online petitioning and politics: the development of Change.org in Australia', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 53, no. 4, pp. 428-445.
  • Halpin, D & Fraussen, B 2018, 'Interest Groups and the Election', in Anika Gauja, Peter Chen, Jennifer Curtin and Juliet Pietsch (ed.), Double Disillusion: The 2016 Australian Federal Election, ANU Press, Canberra, Australia, pp. 381-396pp.
  • Fraussen, B, Graham, T & Halpin, D 2018, 'Assessing the prominence of interest groups in parliament: a supervised machine learning approach', The Journal of Legislative Studies, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 450-474.
  • Halpin, D, Vromen, A, Vaughn, M et al. 2018, 'Online petitioning and politics: the development of Change.org in Australia
    ', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 53, no. 4, pp. 428ââ¬â445.
  • Daugbjerg, C, Fraussen, B & Halpin, D 2018, 'Interest Groups and Policy Capacity: Modes of Engagement, Policy Goods and Networks', in Xun Wu, Michael Howlett and M. Ramesh (ed.), Policy Capacity and Governance: Assessing Governmental Competences and Capabilities in Theory and Practice
    , Palgrave Macmillan, United Kingdom, pp. 243-261.
  • Fraussen, B & Halpin, D 2017, 'Think tanks and strategic policy-making: the contribution of think tanks to policy advisory systems', Policy Sciences, vol. 50, no. 1, pp. 105-124pp.
  • Binderkrantz, A, Bonafont, L & Halpin, D 2017, 'Diversity in the News? A Study of Interest Groups in the Media in the UK, Spain and Denmark', British Journal of Political Science, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 313-328pp.
  • Halpin, D & Fraussen, B 2017, 'Conceptualising the policy engagement of interest groups: Involvement, access and prominence', European Journal of Political Research, vol. Online, pp. 5pp.
  • Halpin, D & Fraussen, B 2017, 'Conceptualising the policy engagement of interest groups: Involvement, access and prominence', European Journal of Political Research, vol. Online, pp. 5pp.
  • Halpin, D, Fraussen, B & Nownes, A 2017, 'The balancing act of establishing a policy agenda: Conceptualizing and measuring drivers of issue prioritization within interest groups', Governance: an International Journal of Policy and Administration, vol. online, pp. 1-23pp.
  • Halpin, D, Fraussen, B & Nownes, A 2017, 'The balancing act of establishing a policy agenda: Conceptualizing and measuring drivers of issue prioritization within interest groups', Governance: an International journal of Policy, Administration and Institutions, vol. online, pp. 1-23pp.
  • Pyysiainen, J, Halpin, D & Guilfoyle, A 2017, 'Neoliberal governance and 'responsibilization' of agents: reassessing the mechanisms of responsibility-shift in neoliberal discursive environments', Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory, vol. Online, pp. 1-21pp.
  • Halpin, D & Warhurst, J 2016, 'Commercial Lobbying in Australia: Exploring the Australian Lobby Register', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 75, no. 1, pp. 100-111.
  • Fraussen, B & Halpin, D 2016, 'Assessing the Composition and Diversity of the Australian Interest Group System', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 75, no. 4, pp. 476-491pp.
  • Fraussen, B & Halpin, D 2016, 'Political Parties and Interest Organizations at the Crossroads: Perspectives on the Transformation of Political Organizations', Political Studies Review.
  • Lowery, D, Baumgartner, F, Berkhout, J et al 2015, 'Images of an Unbiased Interest System', Journal of European Public Policy, vol. 22, no. 8, pp. 1212-1231.
  • Halpin, D & Daugbjerg, C 2015, 'Identity as Constraint and Resource in Interest Group Evolution: A Case of Radical Organizational Change', The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 31-48.
  • Halpin, D 2015, 'Farm Protest and Militancy in Australia: Supporting or undermining interest-group politics?', in D.Strijker, G. Voerman and I.J.Terluin (ed.), Rural Protest Groups and Populist Political Parties, Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningnen, pp. 145-161.
  • Halpin, D 2015, 'Interest Group "Policy Agendas" What Are They? And How Might We Study Them?', in Allan J. Cigler, Burdett A. Loomis, Anthony J. Nownes (ed.), Interest Group Politics (9th Ed.), SAGE Publications, Washington.
  • Halpin, D 2015, 'Still in the shadows? Interest Groups and Political Parties in the Australian Political System', in Narelle Miragliotta, Anika Gauja & Rodney Smith (ed.), Contemporary Australian Political Party Organizations, Monash University Publishing, Clayton, pp. 103-114.
  • Halpin, D 2015, 'The Influence of Organization Ecology Research on Population Ecology of Interest Representation: Present Practices and Future Prospects', in David Lowery, Darren Halpin and Virginia Gray (ed.), The Organization Ecology of Interest Communities. Assessment and Agenda, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd, Basingstoke and New York, pp. 225-247.
  • Lowery, D, Halpin, D & Gray, V, eds, 2015, The Organization Ecology of Interest Communities. Assessment and Agenda, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd, Basingstoke and New York.
  • Marsh, M & Halpin, D 2015, 'Parliamentary committees and inquiries', in Brian Head, Kate Crowley (ed.), Policy analysis in Australia, The Policy Press, Bristol, pp. 137-150.
  • Pedersen, H, Halpin, D & Rasmussen, A 2015, 'Who Gives Evidence to Parliamentary Committees? A Comparative Investigation of Parliamentary Committees and their Constituencies', Journal of Legislative Studies, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 408-427.
  • Halpin, D 2014, The Organization of Political Interest Groups: Designing advocacy, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, Abingdon and New York.
  • Halpin, D, MacLeod, I & McLaverty, P 2012, 'Committee Hearings of the Scottish Parliament: Evidence Giving and Policy Learning', The Journal of Legislative Studies, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 1 - 20.
  • Halpin, D & Binderkrantz, A 2011, 'Explaining breadth of policy engagement: Patterns of interest group mobilization in public policy', Journal of European Public Policy, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 201-219.
  • Halpin, D, Daugbjerg, C & Schvartzman, Y 2011, 'Interest-group capacities and infant industry development: State-sponsored growth in organic farming', International Political Science Review, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 147-166.
  • Halpin, D 2011, 'Explaining Policy Bandwagons: Organized Interest Mobilization and Cascades of Attention', Governance: an International Journal of Policy and Administration, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 205-230.
  • Halpin, D 2010, Groups, Representation and Democracy: Between Promise and Practice, Manchester University Press, Manchester.
  • Halpin, D & McLaverty, P 2010, 'Legitimating NGO advocacy: The case of internal democracies', in J Steffek and K Hahn (ed.), Evaluating transnational NGOs: Legitimacy, Accountability, Representation, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd, Denmark.
  • Daugbjerg, C & Halpin, D 2010, 'Generating Policy Capacity in Emerging Green Industries: The Development of Organic Farming in Denmark and Australia', Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 141-157.
  • Halpin, D & Jordan, G 2009, 'Interpreting environments: Interest group response to population ecology pressures', British Journal of Political Science, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 243-265.
  • Halpin, D, Jordan, G & Cairney, P 2009, 'New Scottish Parliament, Same Old Interest Group Politics?', in Charlie Jeffery and James Mitchell (ed.), The Scotish Parliament 1999-2009: The First Decade, Luath Press Ltd, Glasgow, p. 167.
  • Halpin, D & Daugbjerg, C 2008, 'Associative deadlocks and transformative capacity: Engaging in Australian organic farm industry development', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 189-206.
  • Daugbjerg, C & Halpin, D 2008, 'Sharpening up research on organics: Why we need to integrate sectoral policy research into mainstream policy analysis', Policy Studies, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 393-404.
  • McLaverty, P & Halpin, D 2008, 'Deliberative drift: The emergence of deliberation in the policy process', International Political Science Review, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 197-214.
  • Halpin, D., MacLeod, I. and McLaverty, P. (2012) 'Committee Hearings of the Scottish Parliament: Evidence-giving and Policy Learning', Journal of Legislative Studies, 18 (1), 1-20.
  • Halpin, D & Thomas, H 2012, 'Evaluating the Breadth of Policy Engagement by Organized Interests', Public Administration, vol. 90, no. 3, pp. 582-599.
  • Halpin, D & Thomas, H 2012, 'Interest group survival: Explaining sources of mortality anxiety', Interest Groups and Advocacy, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 215-238.
  • Halpin. D. (2011) 'Organized Interests and Cascades of Attention: Unpacking Policy Bandwagon Dynamics' Governance, 24(2), 205-30.
  • Halpin. D. and Binderkrantz, A. (2011) 'Explaining Breadth of Policy Engagement: Patterns of Interest Group Mobilization in Public Policy' Journal of European Public Policy, 18 (2), 201-19.
  • Halpin, D., Daugbjerg, C., and Schwartzman, J. (2011) 'Interest Group Capacities and Infant Industry Development: State-sponsored Growth in Organic Farming' International Political Science Review, 32 (2), 147-66.
  • Daugbjerg, C., and Halpin, D. (2010) 'Generating Policy Capacity in Emerging Green Industries: The Development of Organic Farming in Denmark and Australia' Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 12 (2), 141-57.
  • Halpin, D. and Jordan, G. (2009) 'Interpreting Environments: Interest group response to population ecology pressures', British Journal of Political Science, 39 (2), 243-65.
  • McLaverty, P. and Halpin D. (2008) 'Deliberative Drift: The Emergence of Deliberation in the Policy Process', International Political Science Review, 29 (2), 197-214.
  • Halpin, D & Jordan, G, eds, 2012, The Scale of Interest Organization in Democratic Politics Data and Research Methods, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd, Great Britain.
  • Halpin, D & Nownes, A 2012, 'Reappraising the Survival Question: Why We Should Focus on Interest Group Organizational Form and Careers', in Allan J. Cigler and Burdett A Loomis (ed.), Interest Group Politics (8th ed), CQ Press (a division of SAGE), Washington DC, USA, pp. 52-73.
  • Halpin, D 2012, 'Pressure groups and lobbying', in Rodney Smith, Ariadne Vrome, Ian Cook (ed.), Contemporary Politics in Australia: Theories, Practices and Issues, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, pp. 177-187.
  • Halpin, D 2009, 'NGOs and Democratisation: Assessing Variation in the Internal Democratic Practices of NGOs', in N. Crowson, M.Hilton. J. McKay (ed.), NGOs in Contemporary Britain: Non-State Actors in Society and Politics since 1945, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd, Hampshire, UK, pp. 261-280.
  • Halpin, D, ed., 2005, Surviving Global Change?, Ashgate Publishing Ltd, England.
  • Lockie, S, Lyons, K, Lawrence, G et al 2006, Going Organic: Mobilizing Networks for Environmentally Responsible Food Production, CABI Publishing, Wallingford UK.