Morrison's Miracle

Morrison's Miracle

The 2019 Australian Federal Election

Edited by: Anika Gauja orcid, Marian Sawer orcid, Marian Simms orcid

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This book, the 17th in the federal election series and the ninth sponsored by the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, provides a comprehensive account of the 2019 Australian election, which resulted in the surprise victory of the Coalition under Scott Morrison. It brings together 36 contributors who analyse voter behaviour, campaign strategies, regional variations, polling, ideology, media and the new importance of memes and digital campaigning. Morrison’s victory underlined the continuing trend toward the personalisation of politics and the loss of trust in political institutions, both in Australia and across western democracies. Morrison’s Miracle is indispensable for understanding the May 2019 Coalition victory, which surprised many observers and confounded pollsters and political pundits.


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Jul 2020
ANU Press
Social Sciences: Politics & International Studies

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  1. Morrison’s miracle: Analysing the 2019 Australian federal election (PDF, 0.2MB)Anika Gauja, Marian Sawer and Marian Simms doi

Part 1. Campaign and context

  1. Election campaign overview (PDF, 0.3MB)Marian Simms doi
  2. The rules of the game (PDF, 0.7MB)Marian Sawer and Michael Maley doi
  3. Candidates and pre‑selection (PDF, 0.2MB)Anika Gauja and Marija Taflaga doi
  4. Ideology and populism (PDF, 0.2MB)Carol Johnson doi
  5. The personalisation of the campaign (PDF, 0.2MB)Paul Strangio and James Walter doi
  6. National polling and other disasters (PDF, 1.3MB)Luke Mansillo and Simon Jackman doi
  7. The perilous polling of single seats (PDF, 0.4MB)Murray Goot doi

Part 2. The results

  1. House of Representatives results (PDF, 0.6MB)Ben Raue doi
  2. The Senate result (PDF, 0.6MB)Antony Green doi
  3. The election in the States, Territories and regions (PDF, 0.3MB)Nick Economou, Zareh Ghazarian, Narelle Miragliotta, Will Sanders, Rodney Smith, John Warhurst and Paul Williams doi
  4. Voter behaviour (PDF, 1.7MB)Shaun Ratcliff, Jill Sheppard and Juliet Pietsch doi

Part 3. Actors

  1. The Australian Labor Party (PDF, 0.5MB)Rob Manwaring doi
  2. The Liberal Party (PDF, 0.2MB)Nicholas Barry doi
  3. The National Party of Australia (PDF, 0.3MB)Geoff Cockfield doi
  4. The Australian Greens (PDF, 0.2MB) – Stewart Jackson doi
  5. The minor parties (PDF, 0.3MB)Glenn Kefford doi
  6. The Independents (PDF, 0.2MB)Jennifer Curtin and Jill Sheppard doi
  7. Business (PDF, 0.3MB)John Wanna doi
  8. Unions (PDF, 0.2MB)Andrew Scott doi
  9. Third parties and think tanks (PDF, 0.2MB)Ebony Bennett doi

Part 4. Media

  1. Media coverage (PDF, 0.6MB)Andrea Carson and Lawrie Zion doi
  2. Party campaign communications (PDF, 0.5MB)Stephen Mills doi
  3. Cartoons, memes and videos (PDF, 6.7MB)Lucien Leon doi

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