I am Lecturer at the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University.
I study how citizens organize to effect political change and under which conditions they are successful. In particular, I am interested in the interface between political organizations (such as interest groups, NGOs and parties), the media, and policy outcomes under different political regime types. My research has been published in leading international journals such as Political Communication, Governance, Party Politics, Democratization, or Policy Sciences. Here you can find a sneak peek at my book “Lobbying the Autocrat”, co-edited with Jessica C. Teets, and forthcoming in 2022 with University of Michigan Press.
Together with Darren R. Halpin, I lead the Australian Research Council-funded Discovery Project “Public Interest Advocacy in Australian Policymaking“. In this project we develop innovative text-analytical methods and elite experiments to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of public interest advocacy, via the media, in elevating the responsiveness of elected political elites.
I am Associate Editor of the journal Democratization, member of the Electoral Integrity Project‘s International Advisory Board, and member of the the Political Organisations and Participation standing group of the Australian Political Studies Association. I have been a co-publisher of the Perceptions of Electoral Integrity (PEI) dataset, and also helped develop the Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) Model Curriculum for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Occasionally, I write for the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, The Conversation, New Mandala, and other online outlets.
Previously, I worked as Lecturer at the Institute for Political Science at Heidelberg University, Research Associate at the Electoral Integrity Project (University of Sydney), and Instructor in International Relations at the Faculty of Political Science of Thammasat University. I have also been visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Democracy and Democratization of the Social Science Center Berlin (WZB) in 2016/17.
Get in touch on Twitter via @maxgroemping.