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The Australian constitutional referendum of 1999: evaluating explanations of republican voting


Tranter, BK, The Australian constitutional referendum of 1999: evaluating explanations of republican voting, Electoral Studies, 22, (4) pp. 677-701. ISSN 0261-3794 (2003) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/S0261-3794(02)00020-3


The Constitutional Referendum of November 1999 saw Australians reject a republic and vote to retain the British Monarch as Australian Head of State. Multivariate analyses of data from the Australian Constitutional Referendum Survey were employed to examine the impact of social background, political and social movement leadership, political knowledge and political trust on the referendum vote. Younger, secular, highly educated and Labor partisans, and those who evaluated republican political and social movement leaders positively, were more likely to vote for constitutional change. Republican voting was stronger also, among those more trusting of politicians. The Yes vote was associated positively with higher cognitive skills and greater voter knowledge of political and constitutional issues, highlighting the salience of political education processes for the outcome of referenda.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Referendum; Australia; Republic; Political knowledge; Political trust; Post materialism
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Political science not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Political systems
UTAS Author:Tranter, BK (Professor Bruce Tranter)
ID Code:27044
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2003-08-01
Last Modified:2010-05-14
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