Political careers: a cohort analysis

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Why do people enter politics? Do they achieve what they intended? What happens when their political life ends? What light can their experience throw not only on politics and parliament but also on social change generally? My aim is to match my pioneering study of new federal backbenchers 25 years ago by exploring the working lives of the same cohort after their political careers' end. This is significant as an unparalleled opportunity for longitudinal study. Its outcomes will enhance our understanding of political work (and its meaning for practitioners), the history of parliament and the relation of both to social change.
Effective start/end date18/07/0531/12/09


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD35,000.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD30,360.00
  • Monash University