Political biography

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Abstract

The point of political biography is not simply to tell a life story, but to say something about the conduct of politics. As Kenneth Morgan put it: ‘I … use biography to … answer political questions about public issues’ (Morgan 1988, 33). Political biography deals, then, with how people function within institutions, why people engage with (and dominate in) groups, what are the factors in success and failure, what we might expect of those who favour particular styles — that is, it is the application of biography to a set of analytical tasks (Davies 1972b). The nature of contemporary political biography in Australia reveals something of its history, and of its usefulness in addressing such tasks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Australian Study of Politics
EditorsR.A.W. Rhodes
Place of PublicationBasingstoke UK
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter7
Pages97-106
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780230296848
ISBN (Print)9780230201033
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes

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