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Contemporary Australian Political Party Organisations

Edited by Narelle Miragliotta, Anika Gauja & Rodney Smith

$49.95

Political parties have always been fundamental to Australia’s representative democracy. As organisations, however, their continued centrality and longevity depend upon their ability to respond to changing political, social and technological circumstances, such as declining levels of membership and partisan affiliation, and the rise of social media. In this volume – the first book dedicated to Australian political parties in nearly a decade – the editors bring together many of the leading scholars of Australian politics to examine the evolving role and relevance of political parties today. Chapters explore the diversity of Australian parties’ organisational arrangements, the contemporary challenges they face, and the institutions that shape their behaviour. The contributions tell a story of adaptation by the Australian parties during a time of flux, one which suggests that party organisations will be central to Australian political life for quite some time yet.

About the Editors

Narelle Miragliotta is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Monash University. She researches in the areas of parties, legislatures and elections.

Anika Gauja is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. Her research centres on the comparative analysis of political institutions in modern representative democracies, with a particular emphasis on parties and party organisation. Anika is the author of a number of books and journal articles and she was awarded a Discovery Early Career Award in 2013.

Rodney Smith is Professor of Australian Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. He has written extensively on political parties and elections, public sector ethics and corruption, and religion and politics.

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