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Australian political institutions

Author: Gwynneth Singleton
Publisher: Frenchs Forest, N.S.W. : Pearson Education, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 9th edView all editions and formats
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Introduces students to the structure and organisation of the institutions and functions of government in Australia, with reference to contemporary issues and debates.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gwynneth Singleton
ISBN: 9781442504080 1442504080
OCLC Number: 271822311
Notes: Previous edition: 2006.
Description: xvii, 492 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Machine derived contents note: CHAPTER 1 Politics and democracy --
Why study politics? 2 --
What is politics? 3 --
The state and society 5 --
Political ideologies and the state 6 --
Representative and responsible government 7 --
Comparative analysis of modern liberal democracies I I --
An institutional approach to understanding the Australian political system 12 --
Questions for discussion 13 --
Further reading 14 --
Useful websites 14 --
CHAPTER 2 The political culture of Australia's political institutions 17 --
The institutions of Australia's system of government 18 --
Politics and the economy 26 --
Pressures for change 28 --
Political culture from a comparative perspective 34 --
Questions for discussion 41 --
Further reading 41 --
Useful websites 41 --
CHAPTER 3 The Australian Constitution 43 --
The function of a constitution 44 --
The Australian Constitution: the path to federation 46 --
The making of the Australian Constitution 49 --
Provisions of the Constitution 54 --
Influences on the Constitution since federation 63 --
Judicial interpretation: the High Court 64 --
Cooperation between governments 71 --
Formal amendment of the Constitution 72 --
Constitutional reform and the political agenda 78 --
The republic and constitutional change 80 --
Questions for discussion 85 --
Further reading 85 --
Useful websites 86 --
CHAPTER 4 The federal system 87 --
The principles of federalism 88 --
Reasons for choosing a federal system 90 --
The role of the states in the Australian federal system 94 --
The role of the Commonwealth 100 --
The territories 103 --
Local government 106 --
The politics of Australian federalism 109 --
Federalism and 'efficiency' 112 --
Federalism and policy making 113 --
Federalism and responsible government I17 --
Political parties and federalism 119 --
Financial control by the Commonwealth 121 --
The future of Australian federalism 130 --
Questions for discussion 132 --
Further reading 132 --
Useful websites 133 --
CHAPTER 5 The Australian Parliament 135 --
Origins of parliament 136 --
Parliament and the modern state 137 --
Functions of parliament 141 --
Problems with parliamentary government 143 --
Australia's parliamentary system 146 --
The Australian parliament 147 --
Parliament House 149 --
The representative function of members of the Australian parliament 151 --
Procedures in the House of Representatives 152 --
The legislating function 156 --
The Senate and money bills 162 --
Investigating expenditure function 163 --
The 'scrutiny' function of parliament 164 --
The Senate as a house of review 171 --
Questions for discussion 176 --
Further reading 176 --
Useful websites 177 --
CHAPTER 6 Executive government: cabinet and prime minister 179 --
The executive 180 --
Cabinet 182 --
The prime minister 186 --
Government in Australia 188 --
Selection of ministers and cabinet 193 --
Ministers' careers 195 --
Ministerial office 198 --
Ministers, cabinet and Westminster conventions 201 --
The power of the prime minister 212 --
Desirable qualities of a prime minister 219 --
Questions for discussion 222 --
Further reading 222 --
Useful websites 223 --
CHAPTER 7 The public service 225 --
Public administration and bureaucracy 226 --
The origins of modern bureaucracy 23 I1 --
Bureaucracy in the modern state 233 --
The development of public administration and bureaucracy in Australia 237 --
The Australian Public Service (APS) 241 --
Staffing the APS 248 --
Financing the APS 254 --
Treasury and economic management 254 --
Policy and administration 255 --
The policy process: coordination and control 258 --
Accountability and administrative review 260 --
Non-departmental organisations 265 --
Questions for discussion 267 --
Further reading 267 --
Useful websites 268 --
CHAPTER 8 Elections and voting behaviour 271 --
The importance of elections 272 --
Types of electoral systems 275 --
The Australian electoral system 280 --
The development of the Commonwealth electoral system 287 --
Redistributions 289 --
'Fairness' 291 --
Public funding and disclosure 292 --
Electronic voting (e-voting) 293 --
Voting behaviour 294 --
A note on voting methods: counting the votes 304 --
Questions for discussion 310 --
Further reading 310 --
Useful websites 311 --
CHAPTER 9 Political parties and party systems 313 --
The nature of political parties 314 --
Ideology 317 --
Organisation 319 --
Policy making 321 --
Party discipline 322 --
Party systems 323 --
The party system in Australia 327 --
Australia's two-party system in retrospect 337 --
Changes to the Australian party system 339 --
Questions for discussion 341 --
Further reading 342 --
Useful websites 343 --
CHAPTER 10 Australia's major parties 345 --
The Australian Labor Party 346 --
The Liberal Party of Australia 356 --
Policy differentiation in the 'catch-all' context 365 --
Questions for discussion 368 --
Further reading 368 --
Useful websites 369 --
CHAPTER 11 Minor parties and independents in Australia 371 --
Minor parties 372 --
Minor parties with representation in Australian parliaments 376 --
Significant minor parties not represented in Australian parliaments 390 --
Independents in the Australian parliament 396 --
Questions for discussion 401 --
Further reading 401 --
Useful websites 402 --
CHAPTER 12 Interest groups 405 --
Why are interest groups important? 406 --
What is an interest group? 406 --
Types of interest groups 407 --
Interest group strategies 409 --
Groups and government 412 --
Insiders and outsiders 416 --
Policy networks 420 --
Social movements 422 --
Groups and democracy 425 --
Questions for discussion 426 --
Further reading 426 --
Useful websites 427 --
CHAPTER 13 Political communication 429 --
The mass media 431 --
Politics in the Australian media 437 --
The parliamentary press gallery 441 --
Political advertising 443 --
Political polling 445 --
Technology and political communication 447 --
E-government 452 --
E-democracy 454 --
Questions for discussion 455 --
Further reading 455 --
Useful websites 457 --
Appendix: The Australian Constitution 459.
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Introduces students to the structure and organisation of the institutions and functions of government in Australia, with reference to contemporary issues and debates.

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