Ever been confused by cuture wars, flummoxed by factions or addled by the aspirational voter?
'Keywords in Australian Politics' is much more than a dictionary. It outlines the man meanings of over one hundred words essential to understanding contemporary Australian politics. Political language is often used without explanation in the media, public debate, textbooks and lectures. Here at last is a book that provides Australians with the necessary information to use these terms with confidence in public discussion and debate, from the dinner party to the end-of-semester essay.
The keywords cover the Australian political institutions and processes, practices and behaviour, ideologies and movements, and cultural, social and economic forces that affect politics. Australia's international relations and general frameworks for understanding Australia politics.
This book defines each keyword, highlights links between different keywords, outlines the main debates concerning each keyword and indicates how they came to be part of Australian political language. Although the book is arranged alphabetically, systematic cross-referencing allows readers to follow their own trails of enquiry.
This book is essential reading for everyone who wants to understand Australian political culture and ideas.
Rodney Smith is a Senior Lecturer in the discipline of Government and International Relations in the Graduate School of Government at the University of Sydney. Ariadne Vromen is a Senior Lecturer in the discipline of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. Ian Cook is a Senior Lecturer in the Politics Program at Murdoch University.