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Presidentialization in the Antipodes? The Australian Case Examined


Kefford, G, Presidentialization in the Antipodes? The Australian Case Examined, Political Studies Association Annual Conference, 24-26 September, Hobart (2012) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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While much has been written about the presidentialization of politics across Europe very little attention has been given to the Australian case. Considering that Australia has very strong parties and prime ministers who have institutional advantages that far surpass anything the British prime minister, for example has at their disposal, a systematic analysis of presidentialization is required to determine whether Australian politics has become presidentialized. This paper will argue that within the institutional limits imposed by a majoritarian parliamentary system, the Australian case shows a long term trend towards presidentialization as defined by Poguntke and Webb (2005). However, this is not uniform and unproblematic as Australia’s distinctive institutional architecture means that the most compelling evidence of presidentialization is in how leaders interact with their parties rather than in how they actually govern.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Australia, Political Science, Leadership
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:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kefford, G (Dr Glenn Kefford)
ID Code:93507
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-08-06
Last Modified:2014-10-16

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