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Contemporary Politics in Australia
Theories, Practices and Issues

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Adrian Little, Allan McConnell, Rodney Smith, Ian Cook, Simon Tormey, Bob Howard, Diarmuid Maguire, Shaun Wilson, Kerstin Hermes, Kathy Edwards, Peter Chen, Catriona Elder, Norm Kelly, Nick Economou, Stephen Mills, Ben Spies-Butcher, Anika Gauja, Darren Halpin, Carolyn Hendriks, Ariadne Vromen, John Uhr, Norman Abjorensen, Paul Strangio, Maria Maley, Anne Tiernan, Katherine Gelber, Marcus Haward, Louise Chappell, Suzanne Jamieson, Tim Battin, Toby Fattore, Brendan Gleeson, Wendy Steele, Virginia Watson, Amanda Elliot, Jancie Dudley, Maryanne Kelton
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  • Date Published: February 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521137539

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  • Contemporary Politics in Australia provides a lively and wide-ranging introduction to the study of Australian politics. Written by a diverse range of experts, the book offers a comprehensive overview of current theories, debates and research in Australian political science and looks forward to new developments. It encompasses not only formal and institutionally based politics, but also the informal politics of everyday life, including the politics of Australian culture and media. The book is divided into six key sections that cover: • political theory • politics in everyday Australian life • elections • participation and representation • the Australian state • contemporary political and public policy issues Contemporary Politics in Australia challenges the assumption that the study of Australian politics can be dry, descriptive or uncontroversial. Rather, it encourages an understanding of politics in Australia as contested ground. Featuring a glossary of key terms and a companion website, it is essential reading for students.

    • Provides a comprehensive coverage of Australian politics, including an in-depth exploration of political theories and how these connect with current issues and debates
    • Written by a diverse range of experts from around Australia
    • Covers the 'politics in everyday Australian life', including cultural and media politics, as well as 'formal' politics
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    • Date Published: February 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521137539
    • length: 460 pages
    • dimensions: 256 x 189 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.93kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Contemporary Theories of Australian Politics:
    1. Democratic theories Adrian Little
    2. Institutionalism Allan McConnell
    3. Behaviouralism Rodney Smith
    4. Critical theories Ian Cook
    5. Discourse theories and post-structuralism Simon Tormey
    6. International theories Bob Howard and Diarmuid Maguire
    Part II. Politics in Everyday Australian Life:
    7. Political values and attitudes Shaun Wilson and Kerstin Hermes
    8. Political socialisation Kathy Edwards
    9. Media politics Peter Chen
    10. Politics in Australian culture Catriona Elder
    Part III. Elections:
    11. Electoral rules Norm Kelly
    12. Political parties as electoral players Nick Economou
    13. Campaigns and campaign funding Stephen Mills
    14. Voter behaviour Ben Spies-Butcher
    Part IV. Participation and Representation:
    15. Participation and representation through political parties Anika Gauja
    16. Pressure groups and lobbying Darren Halpin
    17. Government consultation Carolyn Hendriks
    18. Social movements and new forms of participation Ariadne Vromen
    Part V. Inside the Australian State:
    19. Parliament John Uhr and Norman Abjorensen
    20. Prime ministers and ministers Paul Strangio
    21. Politicisation and the executive Maria Maley
    22. Delivering public policy Anne Tiernan
    23. The courts Katherine Gelber
    24. Federalism Marcus Haward
    Part VI. Contemporary Public Controversies:
    25. A bill of rights Louise Chappell and Suzanne Jamieson
    26. Taxing and spending Tim Battin
    27. Employment and education Toby Fattore
    28. Cities Brendan Gleeson and Wendy Steele
    29. Indigenous Australians Virginia Watson
    30. Health Amanda Elliot
    31. The environment Jancie Dudley
    32. Australia and the world Maryanne Kelton.

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  • Editors

    Rodney Smith, University of Sydney

    Ariadne Vromen, University of Sydney

    Ian Cook, Murdoch University, Western Australia

    Contributors

    Adrian Little, Allan McConnell, Rodney Smith, Ian Cook, Simon Tormey, Bob Howard, Diarmuid Maguire, Shaun Wilson, Kerstin Hermes, Kathy Edwards, Peter Chen, Catriona Elder, Norm Kelly, Nick Economou, Stephen Mills, Ben Spies-Butcher, Anika Gauja, Darren Halpin, Carolyn Hendriks, Ariadne Vromen, John Uhr, Norman Abjorensen, Paul Strangio, Maria Maley, Anne Tiernan, Katherine Gelber, Marcus Haward, Louise Chappell, Suzanne Jamieson, Tim Battin, Toby Fattore, Brendan Gleeson, Wendy Steele, Virginia Watson, Amanda Elliot, Jancie Dudley, Maryanne Kelton

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