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Political Knowledge and its Partisan Consequences


Tranter, BK, Political Knowledge and its Partisan Consequences, Australian Journal of Political Science, 42, (1) pp. 73-88. ISSN 1036-1146 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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The study of political knowledge is an established field of research in the United States, although there is a dearth of such research in Australia. Knowledge of political facts and issues is important for making informed political choices. Age, gender, educational attainment and occupational status all distinguish knowledge of politics in Australia, although their impact varies across domestic and international political issues. Political knowledge also influences political behaviour. At the 2004 federal election, politically knowledgeable Australians were more likely to vote for the Greens than the Coalition in the House of Representatives, and more likely to vote for the Greens than for the major parties in the Senate. Political knowledge also increases the likelihood of voting strategically, particularly for the Labor Party in the House of Representatives and Greens in the Senate.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology 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:44257
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2012-03-04
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