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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, particularly as 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 Political Theory, Political Studies, 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. 

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Sydney, 16/07/1999
  • Bachelor of Economics, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Economics (Honours Class I), University of Sydney, 15/05/1991

Research

Research keywords

  • Australian Prime Ministers
  • Foundations of Liberalism
  • History of Political Thought
  • New Zealand Native Title
  • Political Philosophy
  • State Sovereignty
  • Toleration

Research expertise

My primary research expertise is in the area of political philosophy and history of political thought.

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.

Concerning political philosophy, I am interested in the history and philosophy of toleration, particularly as it has been negotiated and understood within the liberal tradition. I am particularly interested in the question of whether liberal democratic polities ought to provide scope for toleration, within their borders, for non-liberal values and practices, or whether a liberal democratic society ought only to encourage values and practices consistent with its foundational 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 Danish Cartoons Affair.

My work on John Locke, toleration and free speech has been widely published, appearing in journals such as Political Theory, Political Studies, Philosophy and Social Criticism, and the Journal of European Studies. I have also published articles on the Enlightenment and postmodernism. These have appeared in the journal Telos.

I am interested in Australian Government and Politics, in particular, Australian Prime Ministers. I have published articles on Paul Keating in the Australian Journal of Political Science and on John Howard in the Australian Journal of Politics and History. 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).

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.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
160609Political Theory And Political Philosophy60
160601Australian Government And Politics20
160603Comparative Government And Politics20

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Chair of the Faculty Library Committee for a number of years.

Member of Faculty Carbon Footprint Committee (chaired by Associate Professor Kala Saravanamuthu).

Head of Discipline in Politics & International Relations 2010-2012.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Australian Politics and Government
  • Australian Public Policy
  • History of Political Thought
  • International Relations
  • Introduction to Politics
  • Political Theory
  • Politics of Globalisation

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.

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Tate JW, ''We Cannot Give One Millimetre'? Liberalism, Enlightenment and Diversity', Political Studies, 61 816-833 (2013) [C1]
2012Tate JW, 'Locke, God, and civil society: Response to Stanton', Political Theory, 40 222-228 (2012) [C1]
2012Drum M, Tate JW, Politics in Australia, Palgrave Macmillan, South Yarra, Vic, 403 (2012) [A2]
2010Tate JW, 'A sententious divide: Erasing the two faces of liberalism', Philosophy & Social Criticism, 36 953-980 (2010) [C1]
2010Tate JW, 'Locke, rationality and persecution', Political Studies, 58 988-1008 (2010) [C1]
2010Tate JW, 'Toleration, neutrality and historical illiteracy', Journal of European Studies, 40 129-157 (2010) [C1]
2009Tate JW, 'Locke and toleration: Defending Locke's liberal credentials', Philosophy & Social Criticism, 35 761-791 (2009) [C1]
2009Tate JW, 'John Howard's 'Nation': Multiculturalism, citizenship, and identity', Australian Journal of Politics and History, 55 97-120 (2009) [C1]
2008Tate JW, 'Free speech or equal respect? Liberalism's competing values', Philosophy and Social Criticism, 34 987-1020 (2008) [C1]
2004Tate JW, 'Hohepa Wi Neera: Native Title and the Privy Council Challenge', Victoria University of Wellington Law Review, 35 73-115 (2004) [C1]
2004Tate JW, 'The Three Precedents of Wi Parata', The Canterbury Law Review, 10 273-308 (2004) [C1]

Publications

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Book (1 outputs)

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

Journal article (18 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Tate JW, 'Dividing Locke from God: The limits of theology in Locke's political philosophy', Philosphy & Social Criticism, 39 133-164 (2013) [C1]
2013Tate JW, ''We Cannot Give One Millimetre'? Liberalism, Enlightenment and Diversity', Political Studies, 61 816-833 (2013) [C1]
2012Tate JW, 'Locke, God, and civil society: Response to Stanton', Political Theory, 40 222-228 (2012) [C1]
2010Tate JW, 'A sententious divide: Erasing the two faces of liberalism', Philosophy & Social Criticism, 36 953-980 (2010) [C1]
2010Tate JW, 'Toleration, neutrality and historical illiteracy', Journal of European Studies, 40 129-157 (2010) [C1]
2010Tate JW, 'Liberalism, blasphemy and religion', Nebula, 7 135-142 (2010) [C1]
2010Tate JW, 'Locke, rationality and persecution', Political Studies, 58 988-1008 (2010) [C1]
2009Tate JW, 'Locke and toleration: Defending Locke's liberal credentials', Philosophy & Social Criticism, 35 761-791 (2009) [C1]
2009Tate JW, 'John Howard's 'Nation': Multiculturalism, citizenship, and identity', Australian Journal of Politics and History, 55 97-120 (2009) [C1]
2008Tate JW, 'Free speech or equal respect? Liberalism's competing values', Philosophy and Social Criticism, 34 987-1020 (2008) [C1]
2005Tate JW, 'Tamihana Korokai and Native Title: Healing the Imperial Breach', Waikato law review : Taumauri, 13 108-144 (2005) [C1]
2004Tate JW, 'The Privy Council and Native Title: A Requiem for Wi Parata', Waikato Law Review, 12 101-152 (2004) [C1]
2004Tate JW, 'The Three Precedents of Wi Parata', The Canterbury Law Review, 10 273-308 (2004) [C1]
2004Tate JW, 'Hohepa Wi Neera: Native Title and the Privy Council Challenge', Victoria University of Wellington Law Review, 35 73-115 (2004) [C1]
2003Tate JW, 'Pre-Wi Parata: Early Native Title Cases in New Zealand', Waikato Law Review, 11 112-167 (2003) [C1]
2001Tate JW, 'Giving Substance to Murphy's Law: The Question of Australian Sovereignty', Monash University Law Review, 27, 1 21-77 (2001) [C1]
2000Tate 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]
1999Tate JW, 'Posting the Modern to the Past?', Telos, 115 79-94 (1999) [C3]
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Conference (7 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Tate 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, Belfast, Ireland (2012) [E2]
2012Tate JW, 'Locke, Politics, and the Limits of Theology', Proceedings of the 62nd Annual International Conference of the Political Studies Association, Belfast, Ireland (2012) [E2]
2012Tate 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, Madrid, Spain (2012) [E3]
2010Tate JW, 'Liberalism, toleration and Danish cartoon', Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2010. Full Papers, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E1]
2009Tate JW, 'Liberalism, rationality and religion', Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2009: Refereed Papers, Sydney, NSW (2009) [E1]
2008Tate JW, 'Citizens, citizenship and citizenship tests', APSA 2008 Abstracts, Brisbane, QLD (2008) [E3]
2006Tate JW, 'Free Speech or Equal Respect? Liberalism's Competing Values', APSA Conference 2006, Newcastle (2006) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants10
Total funding$24,775

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2008 (1 grants)

Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Annual Conference, Hilton Hotel Brisbane, 6/7/2008 - 9/7/2008$1,679
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor John Tate
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,67920082008
GNo:G0189185

2006 (1 grants)

John Howard's Decade, 3-4 March 2006$715
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor John Tate
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$71520062006
GNo:G0186159

2005 (2 grants)

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

Project Team
Doctor John Tate
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020052005
GNo:G0184781

Australasian Political Studies Association (APSA) Conference (Annual Conference), 28-30 September 2005$585
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor John Tate
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$58520052005
GNo:G0185661

2004 (1 grants)

Native title in New Zealand, 1847-2003$2,750
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor John Tate
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,75020042004
GNo:G0183522

2003 (1 grants)

Australasian Political Studies Association Conference 2003 29/09/03 to 01/10/03$480
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor John Tate
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$48020032003
GNo:G0183603

2002 (2 grants)

Liberalism and its Limits: Reflections on the Politics of Terror$4,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor John Tate
SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,00020022002
GNo:G0182661

Annual Australasian Political Studies Association Conference, Canberra 2-4 October 2002$413
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor John Tate
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$41320022002
GNo:G0182547

2001 (1 grants)

Australiasian Political Studies Association (APSA) 2001 Annual Conference Queensland Parliament House, Brisbane 24-26 September, 2001$153
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor John Tate
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15320012001
GNo:G0181504

1998 (1 grants)

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

Project Team
Doctor John Tate
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$9,00019981998
GNo:G0178249
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.6

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Politics)Co-SupervisorRight-Left Confusion in Contemporary Liberal Democracies
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Dr John Tate

Work Phone(02) 4921 5067
Fax(02) 4921 6919
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaPolitics
Office
SRS237,
Social Sciences,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/john-tate