The National Party: prospects for the great survivors

Botterill, Linda Courtenay and Cockfield, Geoff, eds. (2009) The National Party: prospects for the great survivors. Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW, Australia. ISBN 978 1 74327 025 5

Abstract

The National Party of Australia is under challenge. Will it be able to adapt and survive or will it become increasingly irrelevant in Australian politics? With population growth in some coastal and hinterland areas and decline in inland agricultural areas, the face of rural and regional Australia is changing. As a result, the National Party's traditional support is being eroded. Within the long-standing coalition, the influence of the Nationals appears to be in decline, yet they continue to resist amalgamation with the Liberal Party. The authors describe a small party, with a strong agrarian identity, surviving amongst major parties that are deeply rooted in an increasingly dominant urban political landscape. They consider the policy and political options and potential electoral strategies for survival and, perhaps, renewal.


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Item Type: Book (Commonwealth Reporting Category A)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Unavailable in electronic format. Print copy held in USQ Library at call no. 324.29404 Nat.
Depositing User: Mrs Greta Mula
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2010 01:42
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2013 00:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: National Party of Australia, political parties
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160601 Australian Government and Politics
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/6132

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