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Beyond the Two Party System : Political Representation, Economic Competitiveness and Australian Politics - Ian Marsh

Beyond the Two Party System

Political Representation, Economic Competitiveness and Australian Politics

By: Ian Marsh

Paperback Published: 30th October 1995
ISBN: 9780521467797
Number Of Pages: 424

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The demands placed on western governments have increased exponentially in recent years, but the fundamental structure of most of these governments - the two party system - has not. Governments are now not only required to be competitive in the global economy, but the societies they represent have changed, becoming culturally and ethnically diverse. Ian Marsh's challenging book suggests that the two party regime cannot accommodate these changing needs. It outlines the ways in which politics might change to meet these new demands and achieve genuine participatory democracy. The book explores the nature of citizenship from a historical perspective, proposing a new definition of citizenship for the future. Ian Marsh argues that political learning will be central to the development of this new citizen, so that they, and not only the leadership elite, have genuine political input.

Introduction
The Two Party Regime
The formation, structure and impact of the two party regime
The Challenge of Governance
A pluralised polity? The rise of interest groups and issue movements
Setting and implementing the political agenda - political parties, interest groups and issue movements
Political parties, representation and the electorate
The Challenge of Competitiveness
Australia and the world economy
Competitiveness
The tasks of government
Competitiveness and the Structure of Politics
Competitiveness and consent
Parliament and policy making
Governments and Parliament
Parliamentary committees and interest groups: a case study of income norms
Beyond The Two Party Regime?
Political learning, participation and citizenship
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ISBN: 9780521467797
ISBN-10: 0521467799
Series: Reshaping Australian Institutions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 30th October 1995
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.62