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The Electoral Politics of Economic Reform in Australia: The 1998 Election

Bean, Clive; McAllister, Ian

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Like many other advanced industrial democracies, Australia has experienced major and ongoing economic reform over the last two decades, the pace of which has, if anything, increased since the election of the Liberal-National government in 1996. These developments have led to a growing sense of economic insecurity among many voters. Many of these concerns were focused on the 1998 election, when the Liberal-National Coalition advocated the introduction of a goods and services tax. This paper uses...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBean, Clive
dc.contributor.authorMcAllister, Ian
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T23:16:40Z
dc.identifier.issn1036-1146
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/89532
dc.description.abstractLike many other advanced industrial democracies, Australia has experienced major and ongoing economic reform over the last two decades, the pace of which has, if anything, increased since the election of the Liberal-National government in 1996. These developments have led to a growing sense of economic insecurity among many voters. Many of these concerns were focused on the 1998 election, when the Liberal-National Coalition advocated the introduction of a goods and services tax. This paper uses the 1998 Australian Election Study (AES) survey to examine the impact of economic evaluations, economic insecurity and economic issues on voting in the election. The results demonstrate the existence of widespread economic concerns across the electorate, but that the Coalition gained a marginal electoral advantage on the tax reform issue. Economic issues were also a cause of defection to the new One Nation Party, although further analysis reveals that its support was motivated more by race and ethnic concerns than by economic discontent.
dc.publisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
dc.sourceAustralian Journal of Political Science
dc.titleThe Electoral Politics of Economic Reform in Australia: The 1998 Election
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume35
dc.date.issued2000
local.identifier.absfor160601 - Australian Government and Politics
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub19593
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationMcAllister, Ian, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationBean, Clive, Queensland University of Technology
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage383
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage400
dc.date.updated2015-12-12T08:49:14Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-0040214367
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