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Australian Politics in the Twenty-First Century
Old Institutions, New Challenges

  • Date Published: September 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Print/online bundle
  • isbn: 9781108577564

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  • Australian Politics in the Twenty-First Century brings to life traditional institutions, theories and concepts by considering the key question: how are Australia's political institutions holding up in the face of the new challenges, dynamics and turbulence that have emerged and intensified in the new millennium? This approach encourages students to critically examine the complex interplay between a centuries' old system and a diverse, modern Australian society. This text presents the many moving parts of Australia's political system from an institutional perspective: the legislative and judiciary bodies, as well as lobby groups, the media, minor parties and independents, and the citizenry - institutions not often considered but whose influence is rapidly increasing. Student learning is supported through learning objectives, key terms, discussion questions, further readings and breakout boxes that highlight key theories, events and individuals. The extensive resources available in the VitalSource interactive eBook reaffirm comprehension and extend learning.

    • Utilizes an institutional approach to introduce students to Australia's political landscape while encouraging them to critically examine how these institutions have changed since Federation
    • Explores institutions not often considered but whose influence is increasing, including minor parties, the bureaucracy, the media and the citizenry
    • Extensive resources housed within the complementary VitalSource interactive eBook allow students to consolidate and extend their knowledge and understanding
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2018
    • format: Print/online bundle
    • isbn: 9781108577564
    • dimensions: 255 x 191 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 63 colour illus. 15 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction to twenty-first-century Australian politics
    2. From colony to Commonwealth: the Australian Federation
    3. The legislature: representative democracy
    4. The executive: functions, power and accountability
    5. The political rulebook: the judiciary, the Australian Constitution and the High Court
    6. 'Red tape': bureaucracy and public policy
    7. Elections, the electoral system and the Australian voter
    8. The origins and evolution of the major parties
    9. A growing influence: minor parties and independents
    10. Follow the leader: political leadership in Australia
    11. The fourth estate: news media in the digital age
    12. Having a voice: citizen participation and engagement
    13. Conclusion.

  • Authors

    Glenn Kefford, Macquarie University, Sydney

    Hannah Murphy-Gregory, University of Tasmania

    Ian Ward, University of Queensland

    Stewart Jackson, University of Sydney

    Lloyd Cox, Macquarie University, Sydney

    Andrea Carson, University of Melbourne

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