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Class voting, social change, and the left in Australia, 1943-96

Citation

Weakliem, DL and Western, M, Class voting, social change, and the left in Australia, 1943-96, British Journal of Sociology, 50, (4) pp. 609-630. ISSN 0007-1315 (1999) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1468-4446.1999.00609.x

Abstract

The relationship between class and voting choices has been the subject of controversy in recent years, especially in connection with the apparent decline of the traditional left. This paper examines class voting in Australia, focusing on three major issues: (1) changes in the overall strength of class voting (2) realignment, or changes in the relative political positions of the classes (3) the connection between the strength of class voting and support for Labor. It finds that (1) there is a decline in 'general' class voting (2) much of this decline involves a realignment of certain middle class groups, but there is no support for the popular idea that class alignments have become more complex (3) there is no connection between the strength of class voting and Labor performance. Our results cast doubt on accounts that regard the electoral difficulties of left parties as a symptom of the decline of class.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social Change
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Author:Western, M (Professor Mark Western)
ID Code:16333
Year Published:1999
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:1999-08-01
Last Modified:2000-05-22
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