From unstable to stable minority government: reflections on the role of the Nationals in federal coalition governments

Botterill, Linda Courtenay and Cockfield, Geoff (2015) From unstable to stable minority government: reflections on the role of the Nationals in federal coalition governments. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 61 (1). pp. 53-66. ISSN 0004-9522

Abstract

In contrast to some other jurisdictions, in Australia, governments relying on minor parties and independents to enact policies and especially to hold power, are readily characterised by oppositions and commentators as unstable, even chaotic and an undesirable deviation from the stability of majority parliaments. The almost unremarked exception is the Liberals' long and frequent reliance on the National Party and its predecessors to form government. This paper explores the role of the National Party in minority Coalition governments and considers why this form of minority government attracts so little comment, noting the inter-party and intra-party systems and strategies that give the appearance of stability.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2015 02:19
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2016 03:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia; Liberal Party; National Party; coalition government; parliamentary stability
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160601 Australian Government and Politics
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
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: 10.1111/ajph.12086
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26997

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