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Author McAllister, Ian, 1950-

Title The Australian voter : 50 years of change / Ian McAllister.

Published Sydney : UNSW Press, 2011.

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Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  324.994 MCAL    DUE 22-12-19
Physical description xv, 301 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series ANZSOG.
ANZSOG.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [269]-291) and index.
Contents 1 Electoral institutions 1 -- Australia's experiments with democracy 2 -- Electoral rules of the game 4 -- Flow of the vote 11 -- Puzzle of compulsory voting 20 -- Constitutional change and the republic 27 -- Conclusion 31 -- 2 Party loyalties 33 -- Party identification 34 -- Trends in party identification 38 -- Development of partisanship 43 -- Partisanship and the vote 50 -- Conclusion 54 -- 3 Citizens' views of politics 56 -- Expansion of education 58 -- Trends in political interest 62 -- Levels of political knowledge 65 -- 3 Trust in government 71 -- Political efficacy 77 -- Satisfaction with democracy 81 -- Conclusion 85 -- 4 Election campaign 87 -- Role of the mass media 88 -- Interest and participation in the campaign 95 -- Timing of the voting decision 101 -- Do campaigns matter1? 106 -- Conclusion 109 -- 5 Social background 111 -- Gender 112 -- Age and generation 120 -- Religion 125 -- Ethnicity 131 -- Urban-rural divide 138 -- Conclusion 142 -- 6 Class and economic interests 144 -- Class voting debates 145 -- Occupational class 149 -- Class interests 158 -- Economic assets 163 -- What aspects of class matter most? 167 -- Conclusion 170 -- 7 Economic beliefs 172 -- Economy as an election issue 173 -- Concept of left-right 180 -- Positioning the voters and the parties 184 -- Role of the economy 190 -- Redistributive policies 195 -- Conclusion 202 -- 8 Social attitudes and values 203 -- Social issues and elections 204 -- Value change 207 -- Politics of the environment 212 -- Race and immigration 217 -- Morality issues 224 -- Defence and foreign affairs 230 -- Conclusion 238 -- 9 Political leaders 240 -- Personalisation of politics 241 -- How the leaders are rated 246 -- Leader images 251 -- Party leaders' debates 258 -- Conclusion 264.
Summary In the 1960s, voting was class and party-based; today, environmentalism, evaluations of economic performance and the personalities of the leaders dominate political debate. Ian McAllister assesses the implications of these changes for politics, and points to future directions in Australian voting behaviour. The book also includes analysis of the 2010 Federal election.
Subject Elections -- Australia -- History.
Political campaigns -- Australia -- History.
Public opinion -- Australia.
Voting -- Australia -- History.
Australia -- Politics and government -- Public opinion.
Variant Title Australian voter : fifty years of change.
ISBN 9781921410116 (paperback)