Dr Jon Johansson
School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations
Phone: 04 463 6424
Location: Room 507, Murphy Building, Kelburn Pde, Kelburn Campus
BA(Hons), PHD VUW
Jon Johansson is a lecturer in Comparative Politics. In 2008 he is teaching three papers that reflect Jon’s wide interests: POLS 418 is a full year honours course in Political leadership, POLS 353 examines New Zealand’s ‘Growing Pains,’ its politics since 1975, and POLS 111 focuses on the introduction to politics and government in New Zealand. Jon’s other research interests include political rhetoric, American politics and political psychology.
Current Research Projects
Current research interests include analysing the crucial period of New Zealand politics between 1984-1992, known as the ‘revolution,’ its disruptive effects and the politics that have flowed since. Jon is currently working on his second book, which is an examination of the political dynamic facing political leaders heading into the 2008 election. The key question being studied is whether 2008 represents a change event, whether a generational tide is now forming and what impacts this will have for our politics during the next decade or so. Jon is also studying the rhetorical role of the Prime Ministership, examining the use of political rhetoric as an instrument to resolve intractable policy dilemmas such as Treaty and race policy.
Selection of Publications
- Johansson, Jon. Two Titans: Muldoon, Lange & Leadership. 2005. Wellington: Dunmore Press.
- Johansson, Jon. (Guest Editor). Political Science: Special Issue on Political Leadership in New Zealand. Vol. 56. No. 2. (December 2004).
- Johansson, Jon. 'The E-mail Leader: The Obsessive-Compulsive Leadership Style of Dr Don Brash'. Paper delivered to the Thirty-First Annual Scientific Meeting, Sciences Po, Paris, France, 11 July 2008.
- Johansson, Jon. ‘Brash, Orewa and the Politics of Race: ‘Critic and Conscience’ in a Desperate Campaign,’ in Stephen Levine & Nigel Roberts. (eds.). 2007. The Baubles of Office: The New Zealand General Election of 2005. Wellington: VUW Press.
- Johansson, Jon. 2007. ‘Jim Bolger and Independence: A New Zealand Helmsman.’ Paper delivered to the NZPSA Conference. Wellington.
- Johansson, Jon. ‘What if Ruth Richardson had never delivered the ‘mother of all budgets’?’ In Stephen Levine. (ed.). 2006. New Zealand As It Might Have Been. Wellington: VUW Press.
- Johansson, Jon. 'Orewa & The Rhetoric of Illusion' in Special Edition of Political Science on Political Leadership in New Zealand. 2005. Vol. 56. No. 2. (December 2004).
- Johansson, Jon. ‘The Falstaffian Wit of David R. Lange: Rhetorical Brilliance in the Beehive,’ in Margaret Clark. (Ed.). 2005. The First term of The Fourth Labour Government. Palmerston North: Dunmore Press.
- Johansson, Jon. ‘Muldoon Explanations: The Crucible of Character,’ in Margaret Clark. (Ed.). Muldoon: Post-His Way. 2004. Palmerston North: Dunmore Press.
- Johansson, Jon. ‘Leadership and the Campaign,’ in Jonathan Boston, Stephen Church, Stephen Levine, Elizabeth McLeay & Nigel Roberts. (eds.). 2003. New Zealand Votes: The 2002 Election. Wellington: VUP.
- Johansson, Jon. ‘Political Leadership in New Zealand - In Theory & Practice: A Hargrove-Inspired Analysis.’ 2003. Paper presented to the International Society of Political Psychology Twenty-Sixth Annual Scientific Proceedings ‘Political Leadership in Divided Societies and a Dangerous World.’ Boston: USA.