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Where greens support conservatives: lessons from the Rundle minority government in Tasmania 1996-98


Crowley, K and Tighe, M, Where greens support conservatives: lessons from the Rundle minority government in Tasmania 1996-98, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 63, (4) pp. 572-587. ISSN 0004-9522 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/ajph.12404


This paper examines the Greens’ support of the conservative Liberal Rundle minority government in Tasmania (1996-98) in the context of Tasmania’s political greening, and with an interest in the operation and experience of this government, and its policy impact in a number of key areas. Although Green support of a conservative government is a unique experience thus far in Australia’s history, it is not unknown for Greens to support or even to serve in conservative governments elsewhere at the subnational and the national level. The paper begins by examining these circumstances, before turning to account for Tasmania’s political greening, the LiberalGreen minority government experience, its breakdown, policy impacts, and lessons relevant to the broader literature. It addresses the lack of attention to minority government and support parties in political scholarship, and the experience of green parties participating in government at the subnational level.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:green parties, environmental politics, tasmanian 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:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Crowley, K (Associate Professor Kate Crowley)
UTAS Author:Tighe, M (Miss Megan Tighe)
ID Code:124232
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-02-14
Last Modified:2018-04-23
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