PRIME MINISTER JULIA GILLARD AND FOREIGN POLICY: THE IMPORTANCE OF PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS IN FOREIGN POLICY DECISION-MAKING

Stream: Panel 86 - Australian Politics / Media & Politics: Australian Prime Ministers 
Date: Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Time: 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm

Abstract

This paper sets out to explore the role of the individual in foreign policy and, more specifically, the role of the individual’s personal characteristics. It will investigate Julia Gillard’s Prime Ministership with the use of the software Profiler Plus. This software is designed to map an individual’s personal characteristics and enhance our understanding as to what role a leader plays in foreign policy decision-making. The data will then be analysed in relation to several foreign policy decisions made during Gillard’s Prime Ministership in order to determine the correlation between the individual and foreign policy in Australia. It is concluded that the individual influence the nature of foreign policy decision-making and therefore that who is in charge can have a big impact on Australia’s relations with the world.

Author

Joakim Eidenfalk (Presenter), University of Wollongong
Dr Joakim Eidenfalk is a lecturer at the University of Wollongong, where he is teaching in Politics and International Studies. Joakim has a particular interest in the following research areas: foreign policy, security policy, political leadership, decision-making, and international relations theory.