Speaking For The People

Speaking For The People

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'At a time when there is major change taking place in Australian politics as old loyalties are eroded, and there is increasing evidence of alienation of some sections of the electorate from perceived "elites", this analysis of the weaknesses in existing methods of representation is most timely.' Dr Dennis Woodward, Monash University Without the belief that others can represent their interests, citizens will withdraw their trust from parliamentary institutions. Today this trust is fragile. Politicians appear to have a different set of policy priorities from those of the people they represent. We are now witnessing demands for citizen-initiated referenda, a popularly elected president and other means of bypassing the role of elected representatives. Speaking for the People explores for the first time the distinctive ways in which Australians have thought about and practised representation, incorporating a ground-breaking analysis of non-parliamentary institutions of representation. Whether and how meaningful a voice can be given to all groups within our society is one of the many questions this book addresses. Marian Sawer and Gianni ZappalO bring together old and new concepts of political representation and highlight what is distinctively Australian in our practices of representation.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Melbourne University Press Digital
  • Australia
  • 0522863485
  • 9780522863482

About Sawer /Marian Zappal Gianni

Marian Sawer AO is Head of the Political Science Program, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University. Her books include: Elections: Full, Free and Fair (2001), Sisters in Suits: Women and Public Policy in Australia (1990) and A Woman's Place: Women and Politics in Australia (with Marian Simms, 1984; 1993). Gianni ZappalO is Research Co-ordinator at the Smith Family, and was a Visiting Fellow in the Political Science Program, Research School of Social Sciences, ANU. He is author of Four Weddings, a Funeral and a Family Reunion: Ethnicity and Representation in Australian Federal Politics (1997).show more