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

Party types – past their ‘use-by date’?

A mainstay of any first year undergraduate politics topic is an introduction to political parties. Political parties, as any student of politics quickly learns – in between checking their smart phones in lectures… Continue reading

How stable is the Liberal Party?

Since the Second World War the Liberal Party has dominated centre-right Federal politics in Australia.  However, in the last two years major conflicts have arisen between the liberal and conservative wings of the… Continue reading

New forms of political participation: what’s new, if anything?

There is no doubt that the nature of political participation is changing in liberal democracy. At first, many researchers argued that the main feature of this change was an increase in political apathy.… Continue reading

The strange case of migrant Australians, political parties, and participation

It happens regularly (to me, at least) that exploratory investigations of data pose more questions than they answer.  Of course, as grad students we are all taught the importance of having a clear… Continue reading

Contemporary australian political party organisations book launch

  This book we are here to launch today was edited by my very good friends Narelle Miragliotta, Anika Gauja and rodney Smith. With 17 chapters this book will change your worldview on… Continue reading