New parties in the long decade of ALP government

Strauss, Jonathan (2009) New parties in the long decade of ALP government. In: Proceedings of the Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference. pp. 1-21. From: APSA 2009: Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference, 27-30 September 2009, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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Working class party identification and support changed in the 'long decade' (1983-1996) of ALP government. Intense identification with the ALP declined and within the class several attempts were made to form new parties. The pluralist understanding about the relationship of party and class - a party appeals to a class and, if successful, provides that class' identity - is inadequate for understanding this development. An alternative argument is that a critical mass of especially interested and socially connected people is the basis of collective action not only for social movements but for a party based in the mass of a class. This paper will consider whether or not working class party formation and activity during the long decade provides evidence supporting this argument.

Item ID: 19215
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
Keywords: parties; party identification
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2014 00:51
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160601 Australian Government and Politics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940202 Electoral Systems @ 100%
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