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Policy Analysis In Australia$
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Kate Crowley

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310273

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310273.001.0001

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Policy development in political parties

Policy development in political parties

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(p.201) Thirteen Policy development in political parties
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Policy Analysis In Australia
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Anika Gauja

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447310273.003.0013

Political parties are regarded as a fundamental element of the Australian system of politics and government and an important component of the broader policy process. As aggregators and articulators of citizen opinion, one of the key functions of parties in representative democracies is to develop policy, which is presented to the voters at elections and implemented once a political party assumes elected office. This function is integral to the operation of party government and an important mechanism by which political parties act as intermediaries between citizens and the state – providing the basis for representation, citizen participation in politics and the aggregation of the policy preferences of the masses. The chapter compares policy development in the Australian Labor Party (ALP), the Liberals, the Nationals and the Greens.

Keywords:   Australian policy analysis, Australian political parties, policy capacity, policy development

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