Full title: Australian political institutions / Singleton, Aitkin, Jinks, Warhurst.
Author/creator: Aitkin, Don, 1937-, Jinks, Brian, Warhurst, John, 1948-, Singleton, Gwynneth, 1943-.
Date: 2012., 2013..
Record Identifier: 74VKVxogmKjA
Contents: 1 online resource (x, 482 pages) : illustrations, maps., , , , , Cover; Frontmatter; Half title; Title page; Imprint; Contents; Preface to the first edition; Preface to the tenth edition; About the authors; Acknowledgements; Chapter 1: Politics and Democracy; Why study politics?; What is politics?; Politics and power; The study of politics; Comparative politics; An institutional approach to understanding the Australian political system; The state and society; Citizenship and rights; Political ideologies and the state; Representative and responsible government; Conclusion; Summary; Discussion questions; Further reading; Useful websites., Chapter 2: The political culture of Australia's political institutions. The political culture of the institutions of Australia's system of government; Characteristics of Australian political culture; The liberal democratic context of Australian political institutions; The scope of government; Political parties and Australian political culture; Social and ethnic influences on Australian politics; Political representation of Australia's Indigenous people; Australian political economy; Pressures for change; Political culture from a comparative perspective., Case Study: Australia's perennial political debate about protection versus free trade continues. Summary; Discussion Questions; Further reading; Useful Websites; Chapter 3: The Australian Constitution; The function of a constitution; The Australian Constitution: The path to Federation; The making of the Australian Constitution; Provisions of the Constitution; Influences on the Constitution since Federation; Judicial interpretation: the High Court; Cooperation between governments; Formal amendment of the Constitution; Constitutional reform and the political agenda., The republic and constitutional change. Constitutional recognition of local government; Constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres strait islander peoples; A living document; Case Study: The High Court decision on offshore processing of asylum seekers; Summary; Discussion questions; Further reading; Useful websites; Chapter 4: The Federal System; The principles of federalism; Reasons for choosing a federal system; The role of the states in Australia's federal system; The role of the Commonwealth in Australia's federal system., The role of the territories in Australia's federal system. The role of local government in Australia's federal system; The politics of Australian federalism; Benefits of Australian federalism; Australian federalism and policy-making; Political parties and federalism; The future of Australian federalism; Reform and the political agenda; Case Study: Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and cooperative federalism; Summary; Discussion Questions; Further Reading; Useful Websites; Chapter 5: The Australian parliament; The origins of parliament; Parliament and the modern state. Functions of parliament.
Publishers: Melbourne : Pearson Education Australia, 2012., Frenchs Forest, NSW : Pearson Australia, .
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
MMS ID: 991024248828902626