New paper – Interest aggregators, not office chasers: evidence for party convergence and divergence in Australia

Some of the work from my thesis (plus a little additional research) will be appearing in the next issue of the Australian Journal of Political Science. This paper examines whether Australia’s major political parties continue to fulfil a representational role. This was often the traditional view of the parties, but has been much criticised in recent …

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Problems with claims of party convergence in Australia

(Some of the graphs in this piece came out a little odd - mostly too larger. apologies, I can't quite get them to look right). Last week, Ben Reilly wrote a compelling piece on party convergence in Australia, arguing many of the problems identified with contemporary politics in this country could be explained by describing …