Contemporary Politics in Australia: Theories, Practices and Issues

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Rodney Smith, Ariadne Vromen, Ian Cook
Cambridge University Press, Feb 2, 2012 - Political Science - 460 pages
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Contemporary Politics in Australia provides a lively and wide-ranging introduction to the study of Australian politics. Written by a diverse range of experts, the book offers a comprehensive overview of current theories, debates and research in Australian political science and looks forward to new developments. It encompasses not only formal and institutionally based politics, but also the informal politics of everyday life, including the politics of Australian culture and media. The book is divided into six key sections that cover: • political theory • politics in everyday Australian life • elections • participation and representation • the Australian state • contemporary political and public policy issues Contemporary Politics in Australia challenges the assumption that the study of Australian politics can be dry, descriptive or uncontroversial. Rather, it encourages an understanding of politics in Australia as contested ground. Featuring a glossary of key terms and a companion website, it is essential reading for students.
  

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Contents

Part I Contemporary Theories of Australian Politics
1
Part II Politics in Everyday Australian Life
69
Part III Elections
117
Part IV Participation and Representation
163
Part V Inside the Australian State
211
Part VI Contemporary Public Controversies
283
Glossary
378
References
390
Index
438
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Dr Ariadne Vromen is a lecturer in Government at the University of Sydney. Her co-authored book, Powerscape (2005), presents a new approach to the study of Australian politics. She has published articles in The Australian Journal of Political Science, City and Community, Contemporary Politics, Third Sector Review and The Journal of Youth Studies.

Ian is a cultural geographer with longstanding interests in Ian is a cultural geographer with longstanding interests in material geographies, multi-sited ethnographic research, conmaterial geographies, multi-sited ethnographic research, connective aesthetics and critical pedagogy. He combines these nective aesthetics and critical pedagogy. He combines these in/as follow the thing work. In recent years he has added toin/as follow the thing work. In recent years he has added to these interests new media ecology and commodity activism, a these interests new media ecology and commodity activism, after experimenting with blogging as a means to write collabofter experimenting with blogging as a means to write collaboratively about the geographies of food, and with web design ratively about the geographies of food, and with web design to create followthethings.com, a spoof online shop, resourceto create followthethings.com, a spoof online shop, resource, database and fieldsite stocked with provocative follow the, database and fieldsite stocked with provocative follow the thing work by academics, students, filmmakers, artists, jou thing work by academics, students, filmmakers, artists, journalists and others. Within Geography at Exeter, Ian is Dirernalists and others. Within Geography at Exeter, Ian is Director of Communications and External Relations and Equality actor of Communications and External Relations and Equality and Diversity rep.Ian is also the cultural geography editor ond Diversity rep.Ian is also the cultural geography editor of Geography Compass and serves on the editorial boards of Quf Geography Compass and serves on the editorial boards of Qualitative Research and Geography. He is an Associate of the alitative Research and Geography. He is an Associate of the Social Sculpture Research Unit at Oxford Brookes University,Social Sculpture Research Unit at Oxford Brookes University, an academic advisory board member of Students and Scholars an academic advisory board member of Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior, and a trustee of the GeographAgainst Corporate Misbehavior, and a trustee of the Geographical Association.Ian often writes as Ian Cook et al in orderical Association.Ian often writes as Ian Cook et al in order to acknowledge the collaborative nature of all of his work. to acknowledge the collaborative nature of all of his work.CareerIan graduated from UCL in 1986 with a BSc in Human SciCareerIan graduated from UCL in 1986 with a BSc in Human Sciences, from the University of Kentucky in 1992 with an MA inences, from the University of Kentucky in 1992 with an MA in Human Geography, and from the University of Bristol in 1997 Human Geography, and from the University of Bristol in 1997 with a PhD in Human Geography. He began his academic career with a PhD in Human Geography. He began his academic career at the University of Wales, Lampeter (1993-9), then worked at the University of Wales, Lampeter (1993-9), then worked at the University of Birmingham (1999-2007), before moving tat the University of Birmingham (1999-2007), before moving to Exeter in August 2007. o Exeter in August 2007.

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