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Contemporary Politics in Australia : Theories, Practices and Issues - Rodney Smith

Contemporary Politics in Australia

Theories, Practices and Issues

By: Rodney Smith (Editor), Ariadne Vromen (Editor), Ian Cook (Editor)

Paperback Published: 2nd February 2012
ISBN: 9780521137539
Number Of Pages: 460

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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.

Contemporary Theories of Australian Politics:
Democratic theories
Critical theories
Discourse theories and post-structuralism
International theories
Politics in Everyday Australian Life:
Political values and attitudes
Political socialisation
Media politics
Politics in Australian culture
Electoral rules
Political parties as electoral players
Campaigns and campaign funding
Voter behaviour
Participation and Representation:
Participation and representation through political parties
Pressure groups and lobbying
Government consultation
Social movements and new forms of participation
Inside the Australian State:
Prime ministers and ministers
Politicisation and the executive
Delivering public policy
The courts
Contemporary Public Controversies:
A bill of rights
Taxing and spending
Employment and education
Indigenous Australians
The environment
Australia and the world
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ISBN: 9780521137539
ISBN-10: 0521137535
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 460
Published: 2nd February 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.6 x 19.3  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.926
Edition Number: 1

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