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The Political Class in Advanced DemocraciesA Comparative Handbook$
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Jens Borchert and Jürgen Zeiss

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199260362

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199260362.001.0001

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Australia: Party Politicians as a Political Class

Australia: Party Politicians as a Political Class

(p.26) 2 Australia: Party Politicians as a Political Class
The Political Class in Advanced Democracies

Ian Mcallister

Oxford University Press

The hallmark of the Australian political system is strong party control. The consequences of party control and party discipline for the recruitment, composition, organization, and outlook of Australia's political class are examined, both across the states and on the federal level. Party service and party loyalty are central requirements for entry into, and mobility within, the political class. Reform pressure is mainly pointed at establishing higher ethical standards of conduct, but will probably not result in fundamental changes for Australia's 'party political class'.

Keywords:   Australia, ethical standards, party discipline, party professionals, party service, political class, political parties, recruitment

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