Anika’s research interests broadly centre on the comparative analysis of political institutions in modern representative democracies. Her work to date has looked at the operation of political parties and parliaments, assessing the continuing relevance of these institutions as mechanisms for citizen participation in politics and their ability to represent diverse and conflicting interests. She is particularly interested in how political parties adapt to organizational and social change. Anika also researches in the areas of comparative party law and electoral regulation.
Anika has published in political science and law journals, in Australia and internationally, including the Australian Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Legislative Studies, Parliamentary Affairs, Party Politics and the Public Law Review.
She is currently undertaking research projects on party legitimacy and the dynamics of organisational change, the meaning of contemporary party membership, ‘third parties’ as electoral actors, candidate selection and on the partisan use of state resources.