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The politics of consultation in Britain and Australia

This book attempts to understand how two sister centre-left parties, the British Labour Party and the Australian Labor Party (ALP), have sought to adapt to the modern era and effect changes. It identifies and examines a range of drivers for Labour's desire to experiment and find new forms of citizen engagement. Linked to the influence of the New Social Democracy (NSD) is the lingering legacy of the new public management (NPM) reforms implemented in the public sectors in both countries. For Labour, democratic renewal is an attempt to secure wider legitimacy in neoliberal settings; similarly, the NSD is also linked to the debates about the perceived shift from government to governance. The NSD has attempted to respond to these debates and in Britain a concerted effort has been made to reformulate the role of the state and, by extension, civil society. The book examines how far the NSD has influenced Labour governments in Britain and Australia. It establishes Labour's interest in democratic renewal, specifically, the role of political participation and civic engagement in the wider context of democratic theory. Given that the NSD calls for an 'active citizenry', this is important. A central motif of democratic theory is an ambivalence about the role of political participation in a modern liberal democratic polity. The book explores how far New Social Democratic governments in Britain and Australia have been successful in seeking to link new forms of public dialogue to existing democratic decision-making processes in the modern western world.

Britain and Australia 1900 to the present

Explanations of working-class politics in Australia and Britain have traditionally been heavily rooted in domestic 'bread and butter', socio-economic factors, including the much-debated issue of social class. 'Traditional' and 'revisionist' accounts have greatly advanced our knowledge and understanding of labour movements in general and labour politics in particular. This book offers a pathbreaking comparative and trans-national study of the neglected influences of nation, empire and race. The study is about the development and electoral fortunes of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and the British Labour Party (BLP) from their formative years of the 1900s to the elections of 2010. Based upon extensive primary and secondary source-based research in Britain and Australia over several years, the book makes a new and original contribution to the fields of labour, imperial and 'British world' history. It offers the challenging conclusion that the forces of nation, empire and race exerted much greater influence upon Labour politics in both countries than suggested by 'traditionalists' and 'revisionists' alike. Labour sought a more democratic, open and just society, but, unlike the ALP, it was not a serious contender for political and social power. In both countries, the importance attached to the politics of loyalism is partly related to questions of place and space. In both Australia and Britain the essential strength of the emergent Labour parties was rooted in the trade unions. The book also presents three core arguments concerning the influences of nation, empire, race and class upon Labour's electoral performance.

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Rob Manwaring

inherent inequalities of capitalism. Yet a survey of Donald Sassoon’s opus, One Hundred Years of Socialism, indicates that perhaps a better claim for the defining trait of the centre-left is revision and change. As Sassoon reminds us, labour and socialist political parties are constantly ­undergoing periods of renewal and reinvention. Indeed, revision could be a defining ­characteristic of many centre-left political parties. This book attempts to understand how two sister centre-left parties – the British Labour Party and the Australian Labor Party (ALP) – have sought to

in The search for democratic renewal
Negotiating the Fulbright Agreement
Alice Garner
Diane Kirkby

, as well as Department of Treasury and the Office of Education (then part of the Prime Minister’s Department) were all privy to discussions. It was, however, officials in the Department of External Affairs who dealt most directly and regularly with the State Department about the educational exchange program. So while the scheme was educational in focus, it lay from its very beginnings firmly within the foreign policy domain. The minister for External Affairs at that time was Herbert Vere (‘Doc’) Evatt, Australian Labor Party (ALP) member for Barton and a former

in Academic ambassadors, Pacific allies
Germany, Sweden and Australia compared
Ashley Lavelle

and Paterson 1991: 22, 23). To persist with Keynesian solutions would have provoked conflict with capital, something social democrats have rarely countenanced. To see how the change in economic conditions in the 1970s affected social democracy, we shall examine the cases of Germany, Sweden and Australia. These are important case studies. In the latter case, the Australian Labor Party (ALP) served as a model for some ‘modernising’ social democrats, such as New Labour in Britain, partly because it commenced its neo-liberal programme relatively early (in the early 1980

in In search of social democracy
Neville Kirk

The main focus of this book rests upon the ways in which questions of empire and commonwealth, nation, race and their interplay with class have influenced the character and fortunes of the Australian Labor Party ( ALP ) and the British Labour Party ( BLP ) from their formation at the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day. Primary, but by no means exclusive, focus rests upon Labour’s electoral fortunes in the two countries. While there have been many individual studies of these parties within their

in Labour and the politics of Empire
Australia and British migration, 1916—1939
Michael Roe

-descended Catholics. Ultra-enthusiasts for the war were often respectable, British-loyal, Protestant and bourgeois; but most support was not restricted to these and was often based on a national pride in the country’s soldiers. War-questioners became dominant in the Australian Labor Party (ALP), which in 1916 consequently expelled from its ranks the British-born Commonwealth Prime Minister, W. M. Hughes. Hughes was a

in Emigrants and empire
Liam Weeks

-list elections; parties are listed in the top row and candidates in columns underneath a line. Known as the group-ticket vote, a single preference is enough to cast a formal vote (for a party), with the parties then directing the flow of preferences. All ungrouped candidates (i.e. unregistered parties and independents) are placed below the line, on the right-hand extremity of the ballot, what Orr (2010, 284) decries as the ‘lumping of independents in an undistinguished mass, tucked away at the end AD or SEX PARTY AF or AG or AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY AH AI AJ or or or

in Independents in Irish party democracy
Two firsts and the greatest?
Ben Worthy

, constrained by the ‘overarching argument … that FOI represented a threat to the Westminster system’ (Stubbs 2008, 671). Politicians lacked the ‘vigour and vision’ to push it, and officials were divided, rather than uniformly opposed (671). Whitlam’s openness, 1972–75 The arrival of FOI in the US attracted some minor interest in Australia, provoking scholarly debate and a series of books in the late 1960s (SSCCLA 1978). The first clear commitment came as a result of small group of activists and their ‘casual’ lobbying of senior members of the Australian Labor Party in the

in The politics of freedom of information
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Peter Beilharz

’ – as well we might be of modern times. I was also busy at work in this period on my other antipodes, writing a book on the Australian Labor Party called Transforming Labor , which also appeared in 1994, cover courtesy this time of the postwar suburbanist Australian painter John Brack and the designer Chong. Here Bauman again appears only thrice, though you can see his influence in the design of my book as clearly as you can see Joseph Paxton’s hand in the Crystal Palace, or Frederick Law Olmsted’s in Central Park. Bauman had laboured in this field at least twice

in Intimacy in postmodern times