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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Prior to joining POLIS in September 2016, Dennis was Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow with the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of Tasmania.  In 2013 he spent six months as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford, and was Director of Griffith University's Master of Public Administration Program from 2010-2013.  Dennis retains adjunct professorial appointments at the University of Tasmania and at Griffith University, and is a member of both the Australian and UK Political Studies Associations


Dennis’ research interests focus on the study of administrative leadership, and in particular the ways in which senior civil servants contribute to public debates in countries that operate under the Westminster system of government.  This interest in the ‘public face’ of the civil service builds on his earlier work on the political rhetoric of politicians in both contemporary and historical contexts.


Key publications: 



  • Grube, D.C. (2017) ‘Transforming a Transactional Debate: Leadership and the Rhetorical Road to Brexit’, Social Alternatives, Vol. 36, No. 3, pp. 12-17.
  • Corbett, J., Grube, D.C., Lovell, H. and Scott, R. (2017) ‘Singular Memory or Institutional Memories? Towards a Dynamic Approach’, Governance, 31(3): 555-573.
  • Marsh, I; Crowley, K., Grube, D.C and Eccleston, R. (2017) ‘Delivering Public Services: Locality, Learning, and Reciprocity in Place Based Practice’, Australian Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 76, No. 4, pp. 443-456.    
  • Grube, D.C. and van Acker, E. (2017) ‘Rhetorically Defining a Social Institution: How Leaders Have Framed Same-Sex Marriage’, Australian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 52, No. 2, pp. 183-198.
  • Grimmer, M. and Grube, D.C. (2017) ‘Political Branding: A Consumer Perspective on Australian Political Parties’, Party Politics, available in online first, DOI: 10.1177/1354068817710585 
  • Grube, D.C. (2017) ‘Civil Servants, Political History and the Interpretation of Traditions’, The Historical Journal, Vol. 60, No. 1, pp. 173-196.

  • Grube, D.C. (2017) 'Rules, Prudence and Public Value: Public Servants and Social Media in Comparative Perspective', Government and Opposition, Vol. 52, No. 1, pp. 75-99.

  • Grube, D.C. and Howard, C. (2016) ‘Promiscuously Partisan? Public Service Impartiality and Responsiveness in Westminster Systems.’ Governance, Vol. 29, No. 4, pp. 517-533.
  • Grube, D.C. and Howard, C. (2016) ‘Is the Westminster System Broken Beyond Repair?’, Governance, Vol. 29, No. 4, pp. 467-481.
  • Grube, D.C. (2016) 'Sticky Words? Towards a Theory of Rhetorical Path Dependency', Australian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 51, No. 3, pp. 530-545 (Winner 2017 Mayer Prize for Outstanding Article of the year, Australian Political Studies Association).
  • Grube, D.C. (2015) ‘Back to the Future: Rediscovering the Lost Arts of the Victorian Mandarin’, Parliamentary Affairs, Vol. 69, No. 3, pp. 708-728.
  • Grube, D.C. (2015) 'Responsibility to be Enthusiastic?  Public Servants and the Public Face of "Promiscuous Partisanship"', Governance, Vol. 28, No. 3, pp. 305-320. 
  • Widmaier, W. and D.C. Grube. (2015) 'Presidents, Prime Ministers and Policy Rhetoric: The "Credibility Gaps" of Woodrow Wilson and Kevin Rudd in the League of Nations and Climate Change Debates', Political Studies, Vol. 63, No. 2, pp. 336-352.
  • Grube, D.C. (2014) 'An Invidious Position? The Public Dance of the Promiscuous Partisan', The Political Quarterly, Vol. 85, No. 4, pp. 420-427.
  • Grube, D.C. (2014) 'Administrative Learning or Political Blaming? Public Servants, Parliamentary Committees and the Drama of Public Accountability', Australian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 49, No. 2, pp. 221-236. (Winner 2015 Mayer Prize for Outstanding Article of the year, Australian Political Studies Association).
  • Grube, D.C. (2013) 'In Search of Society? The Limitations of Citizen-centred Governance', The Political Quarterly, Vol. 84, No. 3, pp. 371-379.
  • Grube, D.C. (2013) 'Public Voices from Anonymous Corridors: The Public Face of the Public Service in a Westminster System', Canadian Public Administration, Vol. 56, No. 1, pp.  3-25.
  • Grube, D.C. (2012) ‘Prime Ministers and Political Narratives for Policy Change: Towards a Heuristic’, Policy and Politics, Vol. 40, No. 4, pp. 569-586.
  • Grube, D.C. (2012) ‘A Very Public Search for Public Value: “Rhetorical Secretaries” in Westminster Jurisdictions’, Public Administration, Vol. 90, No. 2, pp. 445-465.
  • Grube, D.C. (2011) ‘How can Britishness be re-made?’, The Political Quarterly, Vol. 82, No. 4, pp. 628-635.
  • Grube, D.C. (2011) 'What the Secretary Said Next: "Public Rhetorical Leadership" in the Australian Public Service', Australian Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 70, No. 2, pp. 115-130.
  • Grube, D.C. (2011) ‘Speech Cycle? “Election-defining rhetoric” in Westminster democracies’, Australian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 46, No. 1, pp. 35-52.
  • Grube, D.C. (2010) ‘The Rhetorical Framing of Policy Intervention’, Australian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 45, No.4, pp. 559-578.
  • Grube, D.C. (2007) ‘Religion, Power and Parliament: Rothschild and Bradlaugh Revisited’, History, Vol. 92, No. 1, pp. 21-38.

Scholarly Book Chapters

  • Grube, D.C. (2014) ‘Rhetorical Path Dependency’, in R. Walter and J. Uhr (eds) Australian Political Rhetoric, (Canberra: ANU Press).

Book Reviews

  • Grube, D.C. (2014) 'Languages of Politics in Nineteenth-Century Britain', ed. D. Craig and J. Thompson', Journal of British Studies, Vol. 53, No. 3., pp. 796-797.
Other publications: 
  • Grube, D.C. (2015) ‘The Requirement for Civil Servants to “Promote” Government Policy has Inevitably Led to the Perception of Partisanship’, Democratic Audit UK Blog, 27 August.



Teaching and Supervisions


Dennis is Director of the MPhil in Public Policy programme, where he leads the Introduction to Policy Analysis module, and the professional development stream.

Director of the MPP
Reader in Public Policy
University Teaching Officer
Girton College
Office hours: Appointment by email
Dr Dennis  Grube

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