School of Politics and International Relations - Publications

Exits, Voices and Social Investment

To be published May 2012 Over fifty years ago, Albert Hirschman argued that dissatisfied consumers could either voice complaint or exit when they were dissatisfied with goods or services. Loyal consumers would voice rather than exit. Hirschman argued that making exit easier from publicly provided services, such as health or education, would reduce voice, taking the richest and most articulate away and this would lead to the deterioration of...Read more

Author/Editor: Keith Dowding, Peter John
Publication Date: April 2012
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Accounting for Ministers

Accounting for Ministers uses the tools of modern political science to analyse the factors which determine the fortunes of Cabinet ministers. Utilising agency theory, it describes Cabinet government as a system of incentives for prime ministerial and parliamentary rule. The authors use a unique dataset of ministers from 1945 to 2007 to examine the structural and individual characteristics that lead to the selection and durability of ministers...Read more

Author/Editor: Keith Dowding, Samuel Berlinski, Torun Dewan
Publication Date: February 2012
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Middle Power Dreaming

Examines Australia's major bilateral relationships and central questions in policy-making and execution, as well as emerging or developing issues: in this volume, these chapters cover relations with Africa and with India, and innovations in the management of policy-making. more

Author/Editor: James Cotton, John Ravenhill
Publication Date: November 2011
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Encyclopedia of Power

Power is a central concept in many disciplines in the social sciences, including political science, sociology, social-psychology, organization studies, urban politics and planning. Where the term is less often used, such as in economics, it has been reduced to other concepts. Despite, or perhaps because of, its ubiquity, it has been analyzed in numerous and diverse ways in different discourse communities. This encyclopedia provides an...Read more

Author/Editor: Keith Dowding
Publication Date: September 2011
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A Critical History of the Economy

Drawing on recent debates in critical International Political Economy, this book mobilizes the idea that the economy does not exist separately from society and politics to develop a detailed intellectual history of how the economy came to be seen as an independent domain. In contrast to typical approaches to writing the history of economic thought, which assume the reality of the economy, the author describes the forms of intellectual argument...Read more

Author/Editor: Ryan Walter
Publication Date: August 2011
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Comparing Westminster

This book explores how the governmental elites in Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa understand their Westminster system. It examines in detail four interrelated features of Westminster systems: firstly, the increasing centralization in collective, responsible cabinet government; second, the constitutional convention of ministerial and collective responsibility; third, the role of a professional, non-partisan public...Read more

Author/Editor: Rod A. W Rhodes, John Wanna, Patrick Weller
Publication Date: August 2011
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The Australian Voter: 50 years of change

THE LATE TWENTIETH CENTURY saw more changes in political attitudes and behaviour in Australia than at any other time since Federation. There have been major changes in the way that election campaigns are conducted, with an increasing reliance on the electronic media and a trend towards the personalisation of politics. Voters’ attitudes towards political institutions have changed, with decreasing confidence in politics and politicians and a...Read more

Author/Editor: Ian McAllister
Publication Date: June 2011
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Global Political Economy

Featuring carefully edited contributions from an impressive line-up of international scholars, Global Political Economy, Third Edition, is an authoritative introduction that combines coverage of history and theoretical approaches with contemporary issues and debates. The expert contributors offer a diverse range of perspectives and insights into the relevance of global political economy within international relations. Fully up-to-date, the third...Read more

Author/Editor: John Ravenhill
Publication Date: January 2011
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Political Parties and Democratic Linkage - How Parties Organize Democracy

2011. Oxford University Press. Is the party over? Parties are the central institutions of representative democracy, but critics increasingly claim that parties are failing to perform their democratic functions. This book assembles unprecedented cross-national evidence to assess how parties link the individual citizen to the formation of governments and then to government policies. Using the Comparative Study of Electoral SystemsRead more

Author/Editor: Russell J. Dalton, David M. Farrell, Ian McAllister
Publication Date: December 2010
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How Power Changes Hands

How can we strengthen the capacity of governments and parties to manage arrivals and departures at the top? Democracy requires reliable processes for the transfer of power from one generation of leaders to the next. This book introduces new analytical frameworks and presents the latest empirical evidence from comparative political research. Read moreRead more

Author/Editor: Paul T. Hart, John Uhr
Publication Date: December 2010
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