James Walter is Professor of Politics in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He has published widely on biography, political psychology, leadership, political thought and policy deliberation. His last book, before recent studies of the Australian prime ministers, was What Were They Thinking? The Politics of Ideas in Australia (2010).
He is the co-author of Understanding Prime-Ministerial Performance: Comparative Perspectives (2013), Settling the Ofﬁce: The Australian Prime Ministership from Federation to Reconstruction (2016) and The Pivot of Power: Australian Prime Ministers and Political Leadership, 1949-2016 (2017).