For undergraduate students in politics and history.
Australian Democracy in Theory and Practice 5e explores the dimensions of Australian democracy in terms of policy and practice past and present. Maddox argues the case for democracy as the best system devised for the political autonomy and the liberation of humankind. He introduces students to the history of the theoretical development of democratic ideas around the world, while examining the specific application of democratic principles to the Australian context.
This fifth edition has been substantially updated and revised in response to reviewer comments and suggestions. While the historical and theoretical strengths of the text remain, particular efforts have been made to streamline this content and make it as accessible as possible. Special attention has been paid to examining the most recent events of the Australian political scene, and students are encouraged to consider the challenges and implications these pose for democracy in Australia.
Preface and Acknowledgements
1. Australian Democracy
2. Australian Constitutionalism
3. Federalism in Australia
4. Government, Parliament and Judiciary
5. Representation and the importance of Opposition
6. Australian Parties and the Party System
7. Australian Political Ideas and Doctrines
8. Political Pluralism in Australia: Groups and Politics
9. Political Leadership in Australia
10. Politics in the Howard Era
Appendix: The Australian Constitution
NEW Illustrations and layout provides students with a visually enhanced and navigable text.
NEW Inclusion of the Australian Constitution as a useful reference tool in the appendix
NEW Material and analysis of the Howard government (Chapter 10)
NEW Analysis of recent events of the Australian political scene: 2004 election results, September 11, Bali bombing, Tampa, refugees, detention centres, children overboard, Iraq war and implications for Australian democracy.
NEW Glossary of political terms
· Thoroughly revised, streamlined and updated with new structure and content provides students with a visually navigable text.
· Questions for Discussion gives students a chance to discuss and research the different issues and styles being expressed.
· References provide students with extra sources of research and revision titles.
· A comprehensive and authoritative introduction to Australian political theory, institutions, culture and issues.
Graham Maddox is Emeritus Professor of Political and International Studies at the University of New England.