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Ballots and billions: Clive Palmer's personal party


Kefford, G and McDonnell, D, Ballots and billions: Clive Palmer's personal party, Australian Journal of Political Science, 51, (2) pp. 183-197. ISSN 1036-1146 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10361146.2015.1133800


Founded and led by the billionaire businessman, Clive Palmer, the Palmer United Party (PUP) achieved what was arguably the best debut result of recent decades at the 2013 Australian federal election. This article examines PUP's ideology, organisation and campaigning strategies along with the implications of its experiences to date for Australian party politics. Based on an analysis of original party documents, policies, media communications and semi-structured interviews with PUP candidates and key figures across Australia, we find evidence of a party which is utterly dominated by its leader, which was deliberately never built to last, whose ideology cannot be easily classified and whose campaigning was well-funded but extremely disorganised. We conclude that its experience shows how more professionalised new personal parties in Australia should be able to do even better electorally in the future.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australian politics, political parties, comparative politics
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Australian government and politics
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Political systems
UTAS Author:Kefford, G (Dr Glenn Kefford)
ID Code:105255
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2015-12-16
Last Modified:2017-06-15

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