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The mother of all effects? stability and change in Greens party identification in Australia


Tranter, B and Smith, J, The mother of all effects? stability and change in Greens party identification in Australia, Environmental Politics, 28, (7) pp. 1281-1304. ISSN 0964-4016 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/09644016.2018.1518068


The Australian Greens only formed as a national party in 1992. Here, some of the first young Australians able to inherit Greens party identity are examined. Analysis of youth cohort data from the state of Queensland, spanning 5 years (n = 2160; aged 1722), shows that parental political affiliation (especially maternal affiliation) strongly influences Greens party identification as it does for the major parties. However, Greens are less likely than major party identifiers to exhibit stable party allegiances over time. Defections between Greens and Labor are also far more likely than between these parties and conservative parties (Liberals or Nationals). The comparatively recent formation of the Australian Greens accounts for the relative instability of Greens identity over time. Nevertheless, inter-generational transmission of Greens identity should translate into a relatively stable electoral base for the Greens, helping ensure they remain an influential presence in Australian federal politics.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:party identification, Green parties, Green voting, Australia
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Environmental sociology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Tranter, B (Professor Bruce Tranter)
ID Code:128622
Year Published:2019 (online first 2018)
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP1096203)
Web of Science® Times Cited:37
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-10-03
Last Modified:2022-08-29

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