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Dr John Tate

Senior Lecturer

Newcastle Business School (Politics)

Career Summary

Biography

I was appointed as the foundation lecturer in Politics at the University of Newcastle in August 1997. Since that time Politics has steadily grown to the point that, by 2014, we have five full time staff members. I teach across six different Politics subjects in areas such as Australian politics, international relations, political philosophy, Australian public policy, and the politics of globalisation. My primary research interest is in the areas of political philosophy and history of political thought, but I have also published widely in such areas as Australian Prime Ministers, Australian sovereignty and New Zealand native title. Regarding political philosophy I am particularly interested in the philosophy and practice of toleration, not least in terms of how it is negotiated and applied within the liberal tradition. Regarding history of political thought, I am interested in the foundations and development of the liberal tradition. At present, my work in this last area concerns the political philosophy of John Locke. My publications have appeared in a number of international journals including the American Journal of Political Science, Political Theory, Political Studies, European Journal of Political Theory, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Journal of European Studies and Telos, as well as national journals such as Australian Journal of Political Science and Australian Journal of Politics and History. 

Research Expertise
My primary research expertise is in the area of political philosophy and history of political thought. Concerning political philosophy I am interested in toleration, free speech, and the extent to which liberal democracies ought to accommodate non-liberal values and practices. This question of the extent to which liberal democracies ought to accommodate such difference is a salient one within contemporary polities, given the rise of religious fundamentalism and other movements that do not embrace liberal values. I am also interested in the relationship between toleration and free speech, not least whether a tolerant society requires an expansion of, or limits upon, free speech. I am particularly interested in this question as it relates to events such as the Rushdie or Muhammad Cartoons Affair. Concerning the history of political thought, I am interested in the foundations and the development of the liberal tradition. Currently I am working on the political philosophy of the seventeenth century English philosopher, John Locke, who is widely recognised as one of the founding fathers of the liberal tradition, at least within the English-speaking world. But I am also interested in other major figures, influential on the development of liberal ideas, such as Voltaire and other figures prominent within the eighteenth century Enlightenment, as well as nineteenth century figures such as John Stuart Mill. I am interested in Australian government and politics, in particular, Australian Prime Ministers. I have published journal articles on Paul Keating and John Howard. In conjunction with Martin Drum from the University of Notre Dame, Western Australia, I have published a textbook on Australian politics for Australian university students - Martin Drum and John William Tate, "Politics in Australia" (South Yarra: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). More recently, I have published the following - John William Tate, "Liberty, Toleration and Equality. John Locke, Jonas Proast and the Letters Concerning Toleration" (New York: Routledge, 2016). Finally, I am interested in Comparative Government and Politics, particularly regarding Australia, the United States and Britain. This concerns areas of constitutional law (particularly as this relates to free speech) and also questions of comparative sovereignty.

Teaching Expertise
I have had to cover a wide range of topics within Politics in my teaching career as from 1997 to 2005 there were only two Politics staff to teach the Politics major in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Science at the University of Newcastle. We therefore had to cover the entire major between us, as well as the fourth year Honours courses. The areas in which I have consistently taught courses since 1997 at the University of Newcastle are political theory, history of political thought, politics of globalisation, Australian politics, Introduction to Politics, Australian public policy and international relations. I also taught a course entitled Politics and Power in Asia for a number of years.

Administrative Expertise
Chair of the Faculty Library Committee for a number of years. Member of the Faculty Carbon Footprint Committee (chaired by Associate Professor Kala Saravanamuthu). Member of the Faculty Teaching and Learning Committee 2014-15. Head of Discipline in Politics & International Relations 2010-2012.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Economics, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Economics (Honours Class I), University of Sydney

Keywords

  • Australian Politics and Government
  • Australian Prime Ministers
  • Australian Public Policy
  • Foundations of Liberalism
  • History of Political Thought
  • International Relations
  • Introduction to Politics
  • New Zealand Native Title
  • Political Philosophy
  • Political Theory
  • Politics of Globalisation
  • State Sovereignty
  • Toleration

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
160601 Australian Government and Politics 20
160603 Comparative Government and Politics 20
160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy 60

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/06/1997 - 1/08/1997 Part-Time Lecturer University of Wollongong
School of History and Politics
Australia
1/02/1997 - 1/06/1997 Casual Tutor

Department of

History and Politics

University of Wollongong
School of History and Politics
Australia
1/02/1996 - 1/11/1996 Casual Tutor The University of New South Wales
School of Politics
Australia
1/02/1996 - 1/11/1997 Casual Tutor University of Western Sydney
Department of Media and Cultural Studies (Nepean)
Australia
1/02/1992 - 1/11/1992 Casual Tutor The University of New South Wales
School of Politics
Australia
1/02/1991 - 1/11/1994 Casual Tutor The University of New South Wales
School of Liberal and General Studies
Australia
1/02/1991 - 1/11/1995 Casual Tutor University of Wollongong
School of History and Politics
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Drum M, Tate JW, Politics in Australia, Palgrave Macmillan, South Yarra, Vic, 403 (2012) [A2]

Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Tate J, 'The Australian Leviathan: Sovereignty, Sedition and Dissent', Australian Scholarly Publishing's essays 2014: Politics: the first volume of a new series of works by Australian scholars, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne 99-118 (2014) [B1]

Journal article (26 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Tate JW, 'Toleration, Skepticism, and Blasphemy: John Locke, Jonas Proast, and Charlie Hebdo', American Journal of Political Science, (2016)

© 2016, Midwest Political Science Association.As the recent Charlie Hebdo, Copenhagen café, and Garland, Texas, shootings show, religion has recently reemerged as a source of vi... [more]

© 2016, Midwest Political Science Association.As the recent Charlie Hebdo, Copenhagen café, and Garland, Texas, shootings show, religion has recently reemerged as a source of violence within liberal democracies, particularly in those instances where cases of alleged blasphemy are involved. Although toleration arose, within the liberal tradition, as a means of dealing with such conflict, some individuals, possessed of devout religious belief, when confronted with beliefs or practices profoundly at odds with their faith, cannot conceive of toleration as a possibility. In such situations, the demand that these individuals tolerate that to which their faith is at odds is likely to run up against a more personal and, for its adherents, eternal agenda. This article considers a way in which those with devout religious beliefs might tolerate that which is profoundly at odds with their faith, thereby providing a means to avoid violent outcomes such as those in the "extreme cases" above.

DOI 10.1111/ajps.12245
2016 Tate JW, 'Free speech, toleration and equal respect: the Bolt affair in context', Australian Journal of Political Science, 51 34-50 (2016)

© 2016 Australian Political Studies Association.ABSTRACT: It is a rare moment when free speech becomes a potent political issue within the Australian polity. But the Andrew Bolt ... [more]

© 2016 Australian Political Studies Association.ABSTRACT: It is a rare moment when free speech becomes a potent political issue within the Australian polity. But the Andrew Bolt affair, the Abbott government's subsequent move to repeal §18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), and its ultimate abandonment of this reform, is one of those moments. This article seeks to place these political events in a broader political and philosophical context, investigating how the conflicts and tensions to which these events gave rise can be understood in terms of competing perspectives within a wider liberal tradition, producing rival imperatives centred on free speech and equal respect. The differing priorities which these competing liberal perspectives placed on free speech and equal respect give rise to two very different conceptions of toleration, and its application within liberal democracies.

DOI 10.1080/10361146.2015.1093092
2015 Tate JW, 'The introduction of Australian digital television: Politics, policy and power', Australian Journal of Political Science, 50 297-314 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Australian Political Studies Association.This article discusses the introduction of digital television to Australia, and the competing interests, and conflicts of power, s... [more]

© 2015 Australian Political Studies Association.This article discusses the introduction of digital television to Australia, and the competing interests, and conflicts of power, surrounding this. It seeks to explain the primary outcomes of the digital settlement in terms of these interests and these processes of power. It points out how this settlement was very much at odds with the pro-market, deregulatory and competition-oriented reform advanced by the Howard government (and prior to it, the Hawke and Keating governments) in other industry sectors. The digital settlement introduced in 2001 entirely determined what Australians watched on their television screens for the first decade of the 21st century. This article seeks to unpack the processes that led to this outcome.

DOI 10.1080/10361146.2015.1035694
2014 Tate JW, 'Paul Keating and leadership: Was the 'personal' political?', Australian Journal of Political Science, 49 439-454 (2014) [C1]

This article proposes three possible reasons why political leaders abide by policy decisions in the face of vigorous opposition - because they perceive the policy to be 'right', b... [more]

This article proposes three possible reasons why political leaders abide by policy decisions in the face of vigorous opposition - because they perceive the policy to be 'right', because abiding by a decision is necessary to appear 'strong', or because of personal motives arising from the leader themselves. The article applies this framework to Paul Keating's apparent refusal, as Treasurer in 1989, to consider mortgage relief in the midst of prohibitively high interest rates arising from monetary policy at that time. The article concludes that it is the 'personal' dimension that most explains Keating's decision-making on this issue. This is a significant finding given that such personal motives are incapable of legitimation in liberal democratic terms, yet policy decisions arising from them can have an immense impact. © 2014 Australian Political Studies Association.

DOI 10.1080/10361146.2014.931344
2013 Tate JW, ''We Cannot Give One Millimetre'? Liberalism, Enlightenment and Diversity', Political Studies, 61 816-833 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/1467-9248.12000
2013 Tate JW, 'Dividing Locke from God: The limits of theology in Locke's political philosophy', Philosphy & Social Criticism, 39 133-164 (2013) [C1]
2012 Tate JW, 'Locke, God, and civil society: Response to Stanton', Political Theory, 40 222-228 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0090591711432704
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
2010 Tate JW, 'Locke, rationality and persecution', Political Studies, 58 988-1008 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9248.2009.00808.x
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
2010 Tate JW, 'Toleration, neutrality and historical illiteracy', Journal of European Studies, 40 129-157 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0047244110362429
Citations Web of Science - 1
2010 Tate JW, 'A sententious divide: Erasing the two faces of liberalism', Philosophy & Social Criticism, 36 953-980 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0191453710379028
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2010 Tate JW, 'Liberalism, blasphemy and religion', Nebula, 7 135-142 (2010) [C1]
2009 Tate JW, 'John Howard's 'Nation': Multiculturalism, citizenship, and identity', Australian Journal of Politics and History, 55 97-120 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8497.2009.01507a.x
Citations Scopus - 25Web of Science - 14
2009 Tate JW, 'Locke and toleration: Defending Locke's liberal credentials', Philosophy & Social Criticism, 35 761-791 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0191453709106240
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1
2008 Tate JW, 'Free speech or equal respect? Liberalism's competing values', Philosophy and Social Criticism, 34 987-1020 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0191453708095695
2005 Tate JW, 'Tamihana Korokai and Native Title: Healing the Imperial Breach', Waikato law review : Taumauri, 13 108-144 (2005) [C1]
2004 Tate JW, 'The Three Precedents of Wi Parata', The Canterbury Law Review, 10 273-308 (2004) [C1]
2004 Tate JW, 'Hohepa Wi Neera: Native Title and the Privy Council Challenge', Victoria University of Wellington Law Review, 35 73-115 (2004) [C1]
2004 Tate JW, 'The Privy Council and Native Title: A Requiem for Wi Parata', Waikato Law Review, 12 101-152 (2004) [C1]
2003 Tate JW, 'Pre-Wi Parata: Early Native Title Cases in New Zealand', Waikato Law Review, 11 112-167 (2003) [C1]
2001 Tate JW, 'Giving Substance to Murphy's Law: The Question of Australian Sovereignty', Monash University Law Review, 27, 1 21-77 (2001) [C1]
2000 Tate JW, 'Review of Kevin Andrews and Michelle Curtis, "Changing Australia: Social, Cultural and Economic Trends Shaping the Nation"', International Journal of Employment Studies, 8 203-204 (2000) [C3]
1999 Tate JW, 'Posting the Modern to the Past?', Telos, 115 79-94 (1999) [C3]
1998 Tate JW, 'The Hermeneutic Circle vs. the Enlightenment', Telos, 1998 9-38 (1998)
DOI 10.3817/1298110009
1997 Tate JW, 'Kant Habermas, and the 'philosophical legitimation' of modernity', Journal of European Studies, 27 281-322 (1997)
Citations Scopus - 3
1997 Tate JW, 'Dead or alive?: Reflective versus unreflective traditions', Philosophy and Social Criticism, 23 71-91 (1997)

The Enlightenment heritage has meant that we have tended to conceive of tradition as inevitably opposed to reason, and that the exten sion of one as a major constitutive element i... [more]

The Enlightenment heritage has meant that we have tended to conceive of tradition as inevitably opposed to reason, and that the exten sion of one as a major constitutive element in social affairs, implies the retraction of the other. However, this paper attempts to conceive the relationship between tradition and reason in a more articulated context, suggesting that this dichotomy between reason and tradition may itself be what Hans-Georg Gadamer calls an 'Enlightenment prejudice'. By drawing on the work of thinkers within a broad hermeneutic tradition, this paper attempts to articulate an alternative means of thinking about the relation ship between reason and tradition, which suggests that it is only when we adopt a particular Enlightenment perspective that we are hermeneutically confined to confirming Enlightenment presuppositions that there is such a dichotomy between reason and tradition. © 1997 SAGE Publications.

DOI 10.1177/019145379702300404
Citations Scopus - 2
1997 Tate JW, 'Kant, Habermas, and the 'philosophical-legitimation' of modernity', JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN STUDIES, 27 281-322 (1997)
DOI 10.1177/004724419702700302
Citations Web of Science - 3
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Conference (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Tate JW, 'Locke, Politics, and the Limits of Theology', Proceedings of the 62nd Annual International Conference of the Political Studies Association (2012) [E2]
2012 Tate JW, 'French headscarves and American school prayer: Liberalism and republicanism in the French and American public spheres', Proceedings of the 62nd Annual International Conference of the Political Studies Association (2012) [E2]
2012 Tate JW, 'French headscarves and American flags: Liberalism and republicanism in the French and American public sphere', XXII World Congress of the International Political Science Association (2012) [E3]
2010 Tate JW, 'Liberalism, toleration and Danish cartoon', Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2010. Full Papers (2010) [E1]
2009 Tate JW, 'Liberalism, rationality and religion', Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2009: Refereed Papers (2009) [E1]
2008 Tate JW, 'Citizens, citizenship and citizenship tests', APSA 2008 Abstracts (2008) [E3]
2006 Tate JW, 'Free Speech or Equal Respect? Liberalism's Competing Values', APSA Conference 2006 (2006) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 10
Total funding $24,775

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20081 grants / $1,679

Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Annual Conference, Hilton Hotel Brisbane, 6/7/2008 - 9/7/2008$1,679

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor John Tate
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189185
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20061 grants / $715

John Howard's Decade, 3-4 March 2006$715

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor John Tate
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186159
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20052 grants / $5,585

'No Simple Nullity': Judicial Recogntion of the Treaty of Waitangi in the Wake of Wi Parata$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor John Tate
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0184781
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Australasian Political Studies Association (APSA) Conference (Annual Conference), 28-30 September 2005$585

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor John Tate
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0185661
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20041 grants / $2,750

Native title in New Zealand, 1847-2003$2,750

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor John Tate
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0183522
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20031 grants / $480

Australasian Political Studies Association Conference 2003 29/09/03 to 01/10/03$480

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor John Tate
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0183603
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20022 grants / $4,413

Liberalism and its Limits: Reflections on the Politics of Terror$4,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor John Tate
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0182661
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Annual Australasian Political Studies Association Conference, Canberra 2-4 October 2002$413

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor John Tate
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0182547
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20011 grants / $153

Australiasian Political Studies Association (APSA) 2001 Annual Conference Queensland Parliament House, Brisbane 24-26 September, 2001$153

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor John Tate
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0181504
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19981 grants / $9,000

The Limits of Liberalism: Cultural Rights Between Maori and Pakeha in New Zealand$9,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor John Tate
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1998
Funding Finish 1998
GNo G0178249
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Dr John Tate

Position

Senior Lecturer
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area

Politics

Contact Details

Email john.tate@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5067
Fax (02) 4921 6919

Office

Room SR-239
Building Social Sciences
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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