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Agency, institutional stretch and structural adjustment: The Australian Labor Party 2006-2013


Kefford, G, Agency, institutional stretch and structural adjustment: The Australian Labor Party 2006-2013, Party Politics, 22, (4) pp. 512-521. ISSN 1354-0688 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1354068814550437


This article examines the case study of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) from December 2006 to October 2013. During this period the party fought three federal elections. In 2007 they won government after 11 years in opposition. In 2010 they were required to form a minority government to stay in power and in 2013 they were comprehensively defeated. Beneath the surface though, party leaders were able to exercise agency to stretch their influence beyond their prescribed authority and to contribute directly to unexpected structural reform in the party. Altering the way the party leader was selected had up to this point been resisted by Australia’s major parties. This article will explore the context in which this period of stretch and reform occurred and will compare the ALP case to the pre-existing literature on institutional stretch and expansion of the leadership selectorate.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, political science, leadership
Research Division: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
UTAS Author:Kefford, G (Dr Glenn Kefford)
ID Code:93567
Year Published:2016 (online first 2014)
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-08-08
Last Modified:2016-10-07

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