Category Archive: publications

After the same-sex marriage vote, what next? Public opinion and policy responsiveness

We care about public opinion and policy congruency for normative and practical reasons. For reasons of values, if nothing else, some form of policy representation is necessary for democratic government. However, this link… Continue reading

The logic of policy-motivated parties

Representative democracy is party democracy. Parties helped to create and continue to shape our democratic institutions, dominating the formation of governments and (most) executive offices around the world. The policies they adopt when… Continue reading

Major party, minor party, micro party: Does it matter what we call parties?

In the three federal elections since the Australian Labor Party (ALP) were elected to government in 2007, first preferences for non-major parties and Independents in Australia have increased significantly. While in 2007 these… Continue reading

Disposable Leaders Media and Leadership Coups from Menzies to Abbott

Politics in 1950s Adelaide was a gentlemanly affair. The Premier, Thomas Playford, and Labor’s Mick O’Halloran faced each other in four election campaigns between 1950 and 1959. More surprisingly, they dined together each… Continue reading

Time for debate over party regulation?

The current inquiry by the federal parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (JCSEM) into the conduct of the 2016 federal election should be an opportunity for real debate over party regulation.  Despite… Continue reading

What’s in a ranking? Considering the implications of the 2016 draft APSA journal rankings

At the moment I am revising my chapter on Qualitative Methods for the fourth edition of the text-book Theory and Methods in Political Science. Today I was also invited to referee a paper… Continue reading

The Composition and Diversity of the Australian Interest Group System

Any democratic society requires mechanisms for citizens to have effective political voice. Clearly, political parties provide a key channel for expressing views and preferences. However, organised interests provide another important mechanism for such… Continue reading

The Rise and Fall of PUP is Not Just About Clive

While the electoral prospects of the Palmer United Party (PUP) appear decidedly bleak, one thing remains constant: news about Clive and PUP remains much sought after. The PUP story contains the ingredients of… Continue reading

The Australian Greens: from activism to Australia’s third party

  Australia has long had a near duopoly in political parties operating in the federal sphere. In part echoing Duverger’s law, in part structured by the collection of conservative parties under two distinct… Continue reading