Party Rules?

Party Rules?

Dilemmas of political party regulation in Australia

Edited by: Anika Gauja orcid, Marian Sawer orcid

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Trust in political parties has never been lower, but we have more and more of them, to the point where voters need magnifying sheets to read ballot papers. What is the relationship between party regulation and the nature of our democracy? How is it that parties have been able to gather so many public resources yet with so little scrutiny of their affairs? This is the first book on party regulation in Australia. It covers a wide range of issues, from party donations to candidate selection, from expectations of parties in a representative democracy to the reluctance to regulate and the role of the courts where legislators fear to tread.

‘The regulation of political parties is one of the most important, but unexplored areas of Australian electoral policy. This important book fills that gap in providing a stimulating and insightful analysis of the pitfalls and potential solutions in this area.’
— Professor George Williams AO


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Oct 2016
ANU Press
Law; Social Sciences: Politics & International Studies, Social Policy & Administration


This volume will be a valuable contribution to the emerging scholarship on the regulation of parties in Australia. It will be of interest not only to researchers of Australian politics but also to comparativists seeking to draw on evidence from this country.
— Zim Nwokora, Party Politics, Vol 25(3), 2019
The full review can been read on the Sage Journals website

The most valuable contribution of the book … may well be as a guide to important ongoing policy debates in Australia. As the editors point out, party regulation is ‘now an area of constant change and debate’ (p. 197). Since the volume was published, yet more new minor parties have emerged, and further regulatory reforms are (at the time of writing) under discussion in Parliament. For those wishing to follow these complex debates in the future, this book is surely essential reading.
— Nicholas Dickinson, Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, Vol 56(2), 2018
The full review can been read on the Taylor and Francis website

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