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Australian Politics and Policy

Senior Edition

Edited by Peter John Chen, Nick Barry, John R. Butcher, David Clune OAM, Ian Cook, Adele Garnier, Yvonne Haigh, Sara C. Motta, and Marija Taflaga

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Format: paperback
Edition: 1st edition
752 pages
ISBN: 9781743326800

Publication: 28 Nov 2019

Publisher: Sydney University Press

Read online: Open access

The first completely customisable, open access textbook on Australian politics, Australian Politics and Policy provides a unique, holistic coverage of politics and public topics for use in junior and senior university courses. With an online database of 40 chapters, the book innovatively enables instructors to compile a bespoke edition to suit their teaching needs, or to include individual chapters in course readers.

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

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.

The senior edition is aimed at later year undergraduate and Master’s 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 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).

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.

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.

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).

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.

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 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 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.



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
Pressure groups and social movements by Moira Byrne
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
Environmental policy by Brian Coffey
Foreign and defence policy by Thomas S. Wilkins and Nick 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

' ... the scale of collaboration is significant - so is the technological savvy. The platform for the digital textbook uses the information architecture built for a new Sydney University Press platform ... '
  Australian Publishers Association

Format: paperback
Size: 254 × 178 mm
752 pages
Copyright: © 2019
ISBN: 9781743326800
Publication: 28 Nov 2019