Back from the brink? The National Party after the 2010 federal election

Cockfield, Geoff and Botterill, Linda Courtenay (2011) Back from the brink? The National Party after the 2010 federal election. Australian Journal of Political Science, 46 (2). pp. 341-351. ISSN 1036-1146


Despite increasing its share of votes and House of Representatives seats in the 2010 Federal Election, The National Party remains constrained by geography, identity, and Coalition with the Liberals. To illustrate these contentions, four aspects of the Nationals' position are analysed: where the Nationals hold seats; which ones have been lost and to which party over the last 36 years; the Coalition constraints on the Nationals' 2010 Election campaign; the post-election bargaining by the country independents; and the different approaches of the state National parties. We conclude that the Nationals’ role in the Australian party system need not be fixed in permanent coalescence with the Liberals but that some experiment in partial independence might be a viable electoral strategy.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2011 06:25
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2014 04:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: National Party; Australian politics; regionalism; conservative politics; rural parties
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160601 Australian Government and Politics
16 Studies in Human Society > 1603 Demography > 160305 Population Trends and Policies
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9402 Government and Politics > 940203 Political Systems
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/10361146.2011.568935

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