Governing Ideas and Collective Expectations: The Australian Cases

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People see their political world through a lens constituted by implicit ideas. These ideas are instilled through political socialization and through more programmatic schemas advanced by the parties and interest groups with which an individual identifies. Each society cultivates such processes in unique ways depending upon its historical circumstances; but as circumstances change, so ideas evolve and are adapted. Thus, a distinctive core culture and associated public expectations about the possibilities of collective action emerges. This chapter traces the development of an Australian political culture, identifying the inheritance at its core and the successive modifications that have shaped the contemporary polity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Australian Politics
EditorsJenny Lewis, Anne Tiernan
Place of PublicationOxford UK
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9780198805465
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 23 Oct 2020


  • collective action, democratization, governance, interests, parties, political culture, public expectations, rights, settler society, socialization

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