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The Liberals - Dean Jaensch

Paperback Published: 1st February 1994
ISBN: 9781863733618
Number Of Pages: 248

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The Australian Liberal Party is in deep crisis. Losing the 'unloseable' election in 1993 gave it an unenviable record of five successive losses, nearly reversing the record of successes set by Robert Menzies. As a result, the party now faces a policy vacuum; its leader is being stalked by those in the party who think they can do better; membership levels have collapsed, while those who remain are bitter and angry; the internal relations of the party are strained almost to the point of civil war; and ideological divisions are endemic.

The Liberals analyses this crisis and shows how the current parlous state of the party is a product of its history. The formation of the party in 1909 and its reformation by Menzies in 1944 contained elements of fission that were triggered by election defeats. The 1993 defeat unleashed an explosion. The Liberals unpacks the current crisis and leaves no doubt about the challenge of rebuilding the party.



1 In the beginning

2 The old Liberal Party: 1910-43

3 The Menzies era and after

4 The crisis of the 1980s: an overview

5 The unravelling coalition

6 Internal party politics

7 Ideology, platform, policy, practice

8 The Liberal Party and the electorate

9 Crisis resolved? 1990-93

10 Crisis confirmed: the 1993 election


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ISBN: 9781863733618
ISBN-10: 1863733612
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st February 1994
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.0  x 1.600
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1