Australian Politics and Policy

Senior Edition 2023

Edited by Nick Barry, Peter Chen, Yvonne Haigh, Sara C. Motta and Diana Perche

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Format: paperback
1032 pages
ISBN: 9781743328958

Publication: 01 Jan 2023

Publisher: Sydney University Press

Read online: Open Access (2023)

The first open source and open access textbook on Australian politics, Australian Politics and Policy provides a unique, holistic coverage of politics and public topics for use in university courses. This 2023 edition includes 53 chapters, an unparalleled resource for instructors.

With contributions from Australia’s leading politics and public policy scholars, the textbook includes material on Australian political history and philosophy, key political institutions and jurisdictions, Australian political sociology, public policy-making, and specialised chapters on a diverse range of policy topics.

Each chapter was subject to anonymous and rigorous peer review to ensure the highest standards. The textbook comes with additional teaching resources including review questions and lecture slides.

This third edition contains content updates and new chapters. This edition includes a new eight-chapter section on public policy and public sector management, covering areas such as public participation, intergovernmental coordination, policy implementation and resource management.

The senior edition is aimed at later-year undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Sara C. Motta is a mother, critical political theorist, poet, popular educator and Associate Professor in Politics and Political Economy, based in the Discipline of Politics and International Relations at the Newcastle Business School, University of Newcastle, Australia. She is currently facilitating a number of activist-scholar research projects including ‘La Politica de Maternidad’ with militant mothers and grandmothers in Australia, Colombia and Brazil. She has published over 40 academic articles, two edited books and is the author of Constructing Twenty first Century Socialism in Latin America: The Role of Radical Education (2014), and Liminal Subjects: Weaving (Our) Liberation (2018).

Dr Sarah Murray is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Western Australia. She researches in the areas of constitutional law and court innovation. Dr Murray's PhD thesis was awarded the 2011 Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal for Law by Monash University and was published as The Remaking of the Courts - Less-Adversarial Practice and the Constitutional Role of the Judiciary in Australia (2014). She is the co-author of The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia - History, Principle and Interpretation (2015) and Winterton's Australian Federal Constitutional Law: Commentary & Materials (2017), and co-edited Regulating Preventive Justice - Principle, Policy and Paradox (2017).

Brenda Lin is a research assistant and works with Dr Garner Clancey at the University of Sydney, Sydney Law School. She has a strong interest in criminology, criminal justice policy, crime prevention, young offenders and juvenile justice, corrections and victimology. She completed her postgraduate degree in Criminology and undergraduate degree in Commerce at the University of Sydney.

Brendan has a long-standing interest in how police and other government agencies work with local communities on issues affecting children and young people, Aboriginal communities and families impacted by family violence. His crime prevention work for the NSW Ombudsman included research into the links between crime, child neglect and disengagement from education. He also led a national project into the policing of illicit drug use in remote communities, and wrote about the risks to children in out-of-home care for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Dr Adele Garnier is a Lecturer in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University. Her research and teaching focuses on immigration and refugee policy in comparative perspective. She is the co-editor of Refugee Resettlement: Power, Politics and Humanitarian Governance (2018, with Liliana L. Jubilut and Kristin B. Sandvik).

Dr Brian Coffey is a Vice–Chancellor’s Research Fellow in the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University. His research centres on environmental politics, policy and governance and science-policy relations. He is interested in how issues are conceptualised in policy processes, and the implications this has for how they are addressed. Brian has taught courses on public policy, environmental politics and policy, and environmental economics. Brian completed his PhD in Policy Studies at the University of Queensland in 2010. Prior to this he worked in the Victorian public sector for 17 years.

Dr Heba Batainah is Assistant Professor in Politics and International Relations at the University of Canberra where she teaches leadership, public policy, social policy, and Australian and Middle Eastern politics. She is a graduate of the Australian National University (PhD) and the University of Canberra (BPhil Hons - First Class, BMgmt, BBusAdmin) and a Fellow of the National Security Institute.

Dallas Rogers is the Program Director of the Master of Urbanism, School of Architecture, Design and Planning at The University of Sydney. His recent books include a monograph on The Geopolitics of Real Estate: Reconfiguring Property Capital and Rights (2016), edited book on The Globalisation of Real Estate: The Politics and Practice of Foreign Real Estate Investment (2018), and an edited book on Housing in 21st-Century Australia: People, Practices and Policies (2015). Dallas is the host of City Road Podcast.

David Clune OAM was for many years the Manager of the NSW Parliament's Research Service and the Parliament's Historian. Dr Clune has written extensively about NSW politics and history. He is the editor (with Michael Hogan) of The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in Twentieth Century NSW (2001), author (with Gareth Griffith) of Decision and Deliberation: The Parliament of NSW, 1856-2003 (2006), editor (with Ken Turner) of The Premiers of NSW, 1856-2005 (2006) and The Governors of NSW, 1788-2010 (2009), and author of Inside the Wran Era: the Ron Mulock Memoirs (2015). He was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal in 2001 and the Order of Australia Medal in 2011.

Diana Perche is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Coordinator at Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit at UNSW Sydney. Prior to this, Diana lectured in public policy at Macquarie University from 2005-2016, and was the director of the Master of Politics and Public Policy. Diana has worked in a number of policy-related positions, including in the Australian Public Service, and has a keen interest in the interplay between policy research and policy practice. Her expertise in Australian politics and public policy includes an interest in the use of evidence in policy formulation, and a particular focus on Indigenous affairs.

Dr Garner Clancey is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology. Before joining the University of Sydney Law School in 2011, Garner worked as a crime prevention consultant (between 2002-2010) and in criminal justice (including Juvenile Justice NSW and the NSW Police Force) and alcohol and other drug agencies in NSW and England (between 1992-2002). Garner's research interested include crime prevention, youth crime, juvenile justice, and criminal justice policymaking.

Grant Hooper has two decades of experience as a litigator. He worked at Phillps Fox Lawyers, which evolved and grew to become part of the international law firm DLA Piper. Grant was the co-managing partner of the Sydney Australian Government team when he left to undertake his PhD thesis in administrative law. Grant taught at the University of New South Wales, Macquarie University and Western Sydney University before joining the University of Sydney Law School. His research interests are in Administrative Law, Public Law and Torts.

Dr Heba Batainah is Assistant Professor in Politics and International Relations at the University of Canberra where she teaches leadership, public policy, social policy, and Australian and Middle Eastern politics. She is a graduate of the Australian National University (PhD) and the University of Canberra (BPhil Hons - First Class, BMgmt, BBusAdmin) and a Fellow of the National Security Institute.

Ian Cook teaches Australian politics, political philosophy and media politics at Murdoch University. He is the co-author/editor of three texts on Australian politics (Government and Democracy in Australia, Contemporary Australian Politics and Keywords in Australian Politics). His more recent work has been a series of articles, written with Greg Thompson, on Deleuze and Deleuze and Guattari on teaching and education policy in contemporary capitalist society.  He does weekly radio commentary on international politics on ABC Regional radio in Western Australia, as well as serving as an expert commentator for a variety of media outlets.

Ian McAuley is a retired lecturer in public finance, University of Canberra. Because of the prominence of health care in government finance he has taken a strong interest in the way Australia and other countries finance health care -- their mix of direct payments, public insurance and private insurance. He has delivered several conference papers of health funding and is the author, with Miriam Lyons, of Governomics: Can we afford small government? (2015).

Dr Jill Sheppard is a lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University. Her research interests are elections and voting, political participation, and public opinion, particularly in Australia but also internationally. She is an investigator on several major survey studies of Australian public opinion and behaviour.

Dr John Butcher has adjunct appointments as an ANZSOG Research Fellow in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University, and as a research fellow in the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy within the Curtin Business School at Curtin University. His principal research focuses on the relationship between government and the not-for-profit sector. He is co-editor (with David Gilchrist) of The Three Sector Solution (2016) and co-author (with John Wanna and Ben Freyens) of Policy in Action (2010).

Juliet Pietsch is an Associate Professor of Political Science specialising in race and ethnic politics and political sociology. Her recent research focuses on the political integration of migrants and ethnic minorities in Western immigrant countries and Southeast Asia. She also researches questions relating to migrant voting patterns, citizenship, migrant political engagement and political socialisation. She has held Visiting Fellowships at Stanford University and the University of Oxford and has recently completed a book published by the University of Toronto Press comparing the political integration of migrants and ethnic minorities in Australia, Canada and the United States.

Leonie Hardcastle is a Research Associate within the Flinders University Library and an associate of the Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities. She has a number of academic publications analysing immigration and ethnic affairs policy as well as a book, Big Picture, Small Picture: Perspectives on Asia Among Anglo-Celtic Working-Class Australians (2010). Dr Hardcastle has taught at the university level in international relations and Asian studies as well as public policy and management. She has worked as an assessor and chief moderator for the national Public Sector Management Program.

Dr Madeleine Pill is a Lecturer in the Department of Government and International Relations where she teaches governance and public policy. Her research focuses on urban and neighbourhood governance and policy, most recently undertaking international comparative investigations into the effects of austerity on the collaborative governance of cities. Her work is informed by her experiences working in local and central government in the UK, state government in Australia, and as a researcher in the US.

Marija Taflaga is a Lecturer at The Australian National University. Her primary research focus is Australian politics in comparative context, including political parties and parliament, the career paths political elites, and Australian political history. Marija has undertaken research fellowships at the Australian Parliamentary Library and the Australian Museum of Democracy, Old Parliament House. She has also worked in the Australian Parliamentary Press Gallery as a researcher at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Mark Dean is a Research Associate at the Australian Industrial Transformation Institute at Flinders University. He researches the impact of digital technologies and the 'fourth industrial revolution' on the future of employment, work and society. His research interests include Australian and international industry and innovation policy, and South Australian politics.

Dr Mary Griffiths is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Media. She taught courses on digital media, and media, democracy and e-participation from 2006-2017. She oversaw internships, media industry relations and engagement. Her published research includes work on citizen-government relations, the role of the democratic press and smart governance. She is co-editor of a collection of studies on digital disruption, Making Publics, Making Places (2016), and an Associate Editor of the Electronic Journal of E-Government.

Dr Merrindahl Andrew is Program Manager of Australian Women Against Violence Alliance. She has worked as a researcher, editor, policy advocate and women's rights activist. Merrindahl completed her PhD at the Australian National University, where she went on to work as a researcher. She has published articles and book chapters on social movements and feminism, as well as creating (with Mitchell Whitelaw) The Institutional Harvest, an interactive digital display tracking the establishment and survival of women's agencies and services in Australia.

Dr Michael de Percy is Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Canberra, Academic Fellow of the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon.

Dr Moira Byrne works in law and policy in the Australian Government, and as an occasional teaching academic in the School of Politics and International Relations at ANU. A former policy advisor and speechwriter, her research interests include lobby groups in politics and policy, democracy, and political communication. With qualifications in theology and economics, she is also a keen observer of the intersection of religion and politics.

Narelle Miragliotta is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations where she researches and teaches in the areas of Australian political institutions, comparative government and political parties.

Dr Nicholas Barry is a Lecturer in the Department of Politics and Philosophy at La Trobe University. His research and teaching interests are in political theory, political institutions, and Australian Politics. He is currently working on a number of projects relating to contemporary theories of egalitarian justice, the dynamics of constitutional conventions, and institutional change in Australia.

Dr Dain Bolwell is an associate with the Institute for the Study of Social Change. He has extensive experience in several countries in labour and development with the United Nations. He is the author of Governing Technology in the Quest for Sustainability on Earth (forthcoming 2019), as well as To the Lighthouse: towards a global minimum wage building on the international poverty line (2016).

Dr Paul D. Williams is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science, Griffith University, where he teaches politics, journalism and public relations. He has published widely on elections and voting in Australian journals, is a weekly newspaper columnist, and a regular commentator on Queensland state and Australian national politics in the print and electronic media.

Dr Peter John Chen is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government and International Relations where he teaches Australian and regional politics, media politics, and public policy. He is the author of Animal Welfare in Australia: Politics and Policy (2016) and Australian Politics in a Digital Age (2013) and the co-editor of Double Disillusion: The 2016 Australian Federal Election (2018).

Dr Philippa Collin is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. She researches the politics of youth and the role of digital media for participation, citizenship, health and wellbeing. Philippa is the author of Young Citizens and Political Participation in a Digital Society: Addressing the Democratic Disconnect, (2015) and co-author of Young People in Digital Society: Control Shift (forthcoming). She Co-directs of the Intergener8 Living Lab and is a Stream Leader of the Centre of Research Excellence in Adolescent Health.

Dr Rob Manwaring is a senior lecturer at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. Rob teaches Australian politics and public policy. Rob researches into the areas of political parties, and social democratic politics. He is the co-editor of Why The Left Loses: The Decline of the Centre-Left in Comparative Context (2018).

Dr Robin Tennant-Wood lectured in political science and public policy at the University of Canberra and prior to that worked in public policy development in the Australian Public Service and worked in the community sector as executive director of a non-government organisation. She has written and taught on Australian politics and electoral politics, in particular politics and government of the ACT. Dr Tennant-Wood currently researches independently, and is a journalist for Fairfax Media at the Braidwood Times.

Dr Robyn Smith is a Conjoint Fellow at the University of Newcastle. She is a writer on Northern Territory politics, history and heritage. Her books include Turning 40: the history of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly 1974-2014 (2015, with Dean Jaensch) and Arcadian Populism: The Country Liberal Party and Self-Government in the Northern Territory 1978-2005 (2013). Her journal contributions include the Australasian Parliamentary Review (2010-2015), Political Chronicles in the Australian Journal of Politics & History (2011-present) and articles for Northern Territory Historical Studies. She writes children's history books and is presently engaged on NT research for the national Mapping Massacres project.

Shalene is a senior lecturer in the School of Management and Enterprise at USQ. Her research interests include the regulation of work, workplace diversity and inclusion, and specifically attitudes to disability and chronic illness in the workplace. Shalene co-edited the book: Work and Identity: Contemporary perspectives on workplace diversity, as well as the Researching Diversity section of Labour & Industry (Vol 29, No. 1).

Susan Ressia is a Lecturer within the Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. Her research focuses on the job search experiences of independent non-English speaking background skilled migrants in Australia. Susan’s research interests also include the areas of work-life balance, managing diversity, intersectionality, equality and social justice issues. Susan is co-author of Employment Relations: An Integrated Approach (2nd Edn) and Work in the 21st Century: How do I Log on?. She has also published in Gender, Work and Organization and the Asia-Pacific Journal of Human Resources.

Dr Thomas S. Wilkins is a Senior Lecturer in International Security at the University of Sydney, where he teaches Australian Foreign and Security Policy, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Japan Institute for International Affairs. He specializes in Australian foreign policy and security issues in the Asia Pacific region, and has published on these subjects in journals such as Review of International Studies, Australian Journal of Political Science and Australian Journal of International Affairs, among others. He is currently an Associate Editor for the journal Pacific Affairs and Co-Area Editor for Japanese Studies journal (Australia).

Dr Tracey Arklay is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Government and International Relations and the Program Director of the Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis at Griffith University. Her research interests include public policy, federal and state politics, parliamentary history and disaster management. She is the author of Arthur Fadden: A political silhouette (2014) and The Ayes have it: History of the Queensland Parliament 1957-1989, (2010) (with John Wanna). She is a co-editor of A People's Federation (2017).

Trish is an ANZSOG Visiting Fellow at ANU and a regular presenter in Crawford School’s Executive Education Program. Trish has a doctorate in history from ANU and a Diploma in American Studies from Smith College (USA). As a former senior executive in the Australian Public Service, Trish had a diverse career incorporating policy and program development, research and evaluation, and direct service delivery. Her social policy research interests include publications on early childhood, schools and employment services. Her current ANZSOG research project explores how theories of the policy process can be transferred and taken into practice.

Dr Yvonne Haigh is a senior lecturer in Policy and Governance at Murdoch University; and Chair of the Policy and Management program at the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs. Yvonne has expertise in teaching and research across broad areas of public policy and management. Her text: Public Policy in Australia: theory and practice (OUP 2012) is used across Australia and Asia as the key public policy text for both undergraduate and post graduate teaching. Dr Haigh’s research cover policy development, public sector ethics, public sector corruption, education policy, housing redevelopment, youth crime, and citizenship.

Dr Zareh Ghazarian is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Monash University where he teaches national politics, government and public policy. He is the author of The Making of a Party System (2015) and Australian Politics for Dummies (2010 with Dr Nick Economou).

Zoe Staines is a Research Fellow at the School of Social Science, University of Queensland. She has previously held research and policy positions in the Queensland Government, academia and the not-for-profit sector, and holds degrees, including a PhD, in criminology. Her research interests are social policy, Indigenous governance and social justice.

Isi Unikowski worked for three decades in the Australian Public Service in a variety of central and line departments and agencies, including the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Australian Public Service Commission, the Departments of Social Security and Climate Change, Centrelink and others. He is currently in the final year of a PhD candidacy at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, conducting research on the practice of intergovernmental management.

Jane McCormack has conducted research in academic, advisory, commercial and NGO contexts across a range of topics, including social media and the wellbeing of children and young people, and young people's participation in democracy.

Jason O’Neil is a young Wiradjuri man from Central West NSW. He completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Indigenous Studies at UNSW Sydney, and a Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage at Charles Sturt University. Jason is involved in advocacy and activism on environmental and legal issues affecting First Nations people, and is pursuing a PhD at UNSW on ‘redefining Indigenous self-determination in Australian public policy’.

Josh Holloway is a PhD candidate and sessional academic at Flinders University.

Justin Harbord is the Director Enrolment and Community Education at the Western Australian Electoral Commission. He has extensive electoral experience in the areas of operations, legislation, policy, technology, reform, communications, enrolment, education and reviews of electoral boundaries spanning more than 25 years. Justin is also a convenor of the Electoral Regulation Research Network.

Mike Lester is a former political journalist and commentator in Tasmania where he has worked for the ABC, the Launceston Examiner, the Burnie Advocate and the Hobart Mercury. He worked as a political adviser to former Tasmanian Premier Jim Bacon between 1998 and 2002. Mike has run several public relations and media communication businesses. He is currently a PhD candidate researching how the legacies of past government formation and performance effect the formation of subsequent governments in hung parliaments in Australia. Mike has written articles for the Australian Journal of Politics and History and the Australasian Parliamentary Review.

Neil John Laurie LLB LLM (Hons) MBA is the Clerk of the Queensland Parliament (Queensland) and was the Deputy Clerk and Clerk of Committees and Research Director of the Members' Ethics and Parliamentary Privileges Committee from 1996 to 2003. He was admitted to the Queensland Supreme Court as a Barrister-at-Law in 1992. He has published extensively on parliamentary practice in the Australasian Parliamentary Review and The Table. His most recent publications include “Parliament, Executive and the courts: laws of separation, conventions of mutual respect and outstanding flashpoints” (2015), “Integrity and Accountability Review in Queensland” and “Responsible government without an upper house” (2010).

Dr Alan Fenna is Professor of Politics at The John Curtin Institute of Public Policy, specialising in Australian government and politics, Australian and comparative federalism, public policy, economic policy, and social policy. He is co-author of Comparative Federalism: A Systematic Inquiry (2015); co-editor of Australian Government and Politics, 10th edition (2014); and author or co-author of a range of journal articles and book chapters.

Andrew Parkin is a Professor in Flinders University's College of Business, Government and Law. Previously he was the University's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). A National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, he has served as Editor of the Australian Journal of Political Science, President of the Australasian Political Studies Association and a member of the Australian Research Council's College of Experts. His academic publications span many aspects of politics and public policy, including immigration, housing, urban government, the Labor Party, federalism and South Australian politics. He was co-editor of nine editions of Government, Politics, Power and Policy in Australia.

David Peetz is Professor of Employment Relations at Griffith University.  He previously worked at the Australian National University and in the then Commonwealth Department of Industrial Relations, spending over five years in its Senior Executive Service.  He has undertaken work for unions, employers and governments of both political persuasions.  He is the author of Unions in a Contrary World (1998) and Brave New Workplace (2006) and co-author of Women of the Coal Rushes (2010), in addition to numerous academic articles, papers and reports, as well as articles for The Conversation.  He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences.

Professor Haslam McKenzie was educated in Australia and the United States. Prior to her current role, she was the Western Australian Director of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, served as the Principal Research Leader of the Regional Economies - Enduring Community Value from Mining program from 2012 to 2015 and subsequently appointed as co-director of the Centre for Regional Development at the University of Western Australia in 2015. Fiona has served on several government and private sector boards, undertaken work for corporate and small business sectors and has published widely.

Greg Marston is Professor and Head of School of Social Sciences at UQ. He has been researching critical social policy and the politics of policy making for nearly two decades. He is active in basic income, employment and poverty debates and is undertaking research into the role of welfare states in transitioning countries to a low-carbon future.

Jock Given researches, writes and teaches about media and communications policy, business, law and history. He is professor of media and communications at Swinburne University of Technology and was previously Director of the Communications Law Centre, Policy Advisor at the Australian Film Commission and Director of Legislation and Industry Economics at the federal Department of Transport and Communications. His work has been published in journals including Telecommunications Policy, Media and Communication, Business History, Historical Records of Australian Science, and the online magazine Inside Story.

John Wanna is the foundation Professor of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government based at the Australian National University. Previously he was professor of politics at Griffith University, and currently holds a joint appointment with Griffith and ANU. He also serves as the national director of research and monograph publications for ANZSOG (with 55 titles produced to date). He has been engaged in research on the public sector in Australia since the 1970s and has many publications on public policy, public management, government budgeting and federalism. He has written over 50 books in the field, and over 100 journal articles and book chapters, and regularly writes the political chronicle for the federal government in the Australian Journal of Politics and History.

Marion Maddox PhD PhD FAHA is a Professor in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University in Sydney. She specialises in religion and politics. Her publications include Taking God to School: The End of Australia's Egalitarian Education? (2014), God Under Howard: The Rise of the Religious Right in Australian Politics (2005) and For God and Country: Religious Dynamics in Australian Federal Politics (2001).

Dr Nick Economou is a Senior Lecturer in Politics in the School of Social Science where he teaches Australian politics and government. He is also a media commentator on Australian state and national politics.

Richard Eccleston is Professor of Political Science and founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of Tasmania. He publishes in the fields of comparative and international political economy and his recent books include The Dynamics of Global Economic Governance (2013), The Future of Federalism in an Age of Austerity (2017), and Business, Civil Society and the New Politics of Corporate Tax Justice (2018). Richard is also a respected commentator on Tasmanian politics.

Professor Roberta Ryan is the Director of the Institute of Public Policy and Governance and the Centre for Local Government at the University of Technology Sydney. An applied policy expert Roberta works closely with local governments around Australia and internationally. She publishes in the fields of community engagement and local democracy, local governance, city planning and public sector evaluation. She is advocate for the role of local government as the key enabler of places which reflect the aspirations of local communities.

Rodney Smith is Professor of Australian Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. Among other books, he is the author of Against the Machines (2006) and Australian Political Culture (2001) and co-editor of From Carr to Keneally (2012). He is the current editor of The Australasian Parliamentary Review.

Dr Shaun Ratcliff is a lecturer in political science at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. His research examines public opinion, the behaviour of political actors and the role of parties as interest aggregators in the United States, Australia and other democracies. He teaches public opinion and the use of quantitative research methods.



Introduction by Nicholas Barry, John R. Butcher, Peter J. Chen, David Clune, Ian Cook, Adele Garnier, Yvonne Haigh, Sara C. Motta and Marija Taflaga
A short political history of Australia by Marija Taflaga
Australian political thought by Nicholas Barry


Executive government by Marija Taflaga
Parliaments of Australia by Tracey Arklay and Neil Laurie
Electoral systems by Jill Sheppard
The Australian party system by Zareh Ghazarian
The public sector by Isi Unikowski and John Wanna
Media and democracy by Mary Griffiths
Courts by Grant Hooper


Commonwealth–state relations by Alan Fenna
Australian Capital Territory by Robin Tennant-Wood
New South Wales by David Clune and Rodney Smith
Northern Territory by Robyn Smith
Queensland by Paul D. Williams
South Australia by Rob Manwaring, Mark Dean and Josh Holloway
Tasmania by Richard Eccleston, Dain Bolwell and Mike Lester
Victoria by Nick Economou
Western Australia by Narelle Miragliotta, Sarah Murray and Justin Harbord
Local government by Roberta Ryan and Alex Lawrie

Political sociology

Gender and sexuality in Australian politics by Merrindahl Andrew
Government–business relations by Michael de Percy and Heba Batainah
Indigenous politics by Diana Perche and Jason O’Neil
Multicultural Australia by Juliet Pietsch
Political leadership by Michael de Percy and Stewart Jackson
Pressure groups by Moira Byrne
social movements by Justine Lloyd
Religious communities and politics by Marion Maddox and Rodney Smith
Voter behaviour by Shaun Ratcliff
Young people and politics by Philippa Collin and Jane McCormack

Policy making

Making public policy by John R. Butcher and Trish Mercer
Communication policy by Jock Given
Economic policy by Alan Fenna
Education policy by Jen Jackson
Environmental policy by Brian Coffey
Foreign and defence policy by Thomas S. Wilkins and Nicholas Bromfield
Crisis governance and COVID-19 by Nicholas Bromfield
Health policy by Ian McAuley
Immigration and multicultural policy by Andrew Parkin and Leonie Hardcastle
‘Law and order’ policy Garner by Clancey and Brenda Lin (with Brendan Delahunty)
Regional policy by Fiona Haslam McKenzie
Social policy by Greg Marston and Zoe Staines
Urban policy by Madeleine Pill and Dallas Rogers
Work, employment and industrial relations policy by Susan Ressia, Shalene Werth and David Peetz
Cultural policy in an Australian setting by Josephine Caust

Public management

Spaces of public participation in contemporary governance by Carolyn M. Hendriks and Rebecca M. Colvin
Evidence and policy making by Mitzi Bolton
Intergovernmental coordination by Jason O’Neil and Christopher Walker
Public budgeting and resource management by Ben Spies-Butcher and Gareth Bryant
Policy implementation by Geoffrey Hawker
Policy and program evaluation by Rick Cummings
Accountability by Diana Perche
Critical policy studies by Nicholas Bromfield

Format: paperback
Size: 254 × 178 mm
1032 pages
Copyright: © 2023
ISBN: 9781743328958
Publication: 01 Jan 2023