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The Presidentialisation of Australian Politics? Kevin Rudd's Leadership of the Australian Leadership of the Australian Labor Party

Citation

Kefford, G, The Presidentialisation of Australian Politics? Kevin Rudd's Leadership of the Australian Leadership of the Australian Labor Party, Australian Journal of Political Science, 48, (2) pp. 135-146. ISSN 1036-1146 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 Australian Political Studies Association

DOI: doi:10.1080/10361146.2013.786676

Abstract

The presidentialisation debate centres on the question of whether contemporary political leaders are more powerful than their predecessors. This article applies the presidentialisation thesis of Poguntke and Webb (2005) to the period in which Kevin Rudd led the federal parliamentary Labor Party in Australia. Their model identifies three distinct faces of presidentialisation: the executive face, the party face and the electoral face. This article argues that the evidence of presidentialisation under Rudd’s leadership is mixed. The most compelling evidence is reflected in how Rudd interacted with the Labor Party, rather than his interaction with the executive or impact on voting behaviour.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, Political Science, Leadership
Research Division:Studies in 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
Author:Kefford, G (Dr Glenn Kefford)
ID Code:93501
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-08-06
Last Modified:2014-08-14
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