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II Countries and Regions, 23 Australia’s Non-Populist Democracy?: The Role of Structure and Policy

Rosalind Dixon, Anika Gauja

From: Constitutional Democracy in Crisis?

Edited By: Mark A. Graber, Sanford Levinson, Mark Tushnet

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 March 2023

From a comparative perspective, the state of democracy in Australia looks quite healthy. The two major parties that have historically dominated the political landscape, the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and the Liberal-National Coalition, continue to command more than three-quarters of the combined vote at national elections, and exert significant control over the selection of their own leadership.1 There has been no major turn against the parties, nor hostile takeover of these parties from within.2 Australians also continue to express relatively high levels of...
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