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Rethinking small political parties: from micro to peripheral


Kefford, G, Rethinking small political parties: from micro to peripheral, Australian Journal of Political Science, 52, (1) pp. 95-109. ISSN 1036-1146 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10361146.2016.1246650


It is frequently suggested that ‘micro parties’ are opportunist organisations out to ‘game the system’. These parties are regularly compared with supposed minor parties. There are two problems with this approach. First, attempts to operationalise ‘micro party’ have been ad hoc. Second, comparisons between ‘micro’ and minor parties are erroneous as a party type is being compared with a classification based on the relevance of parties in the party system. In rethinking small parties, the term ‘micro party’ should be discarded as it lacks utility. Parties referred to as ‘micro parties’ should be re-classified, and the classification of parties in the party system needs refinement. In particular, we should include an additional class of party in these classifications, peripheral parties.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Political parties; Australian politics; 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:111816
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-10-10
Last Modified:2018-04-23

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