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The Decline of Political Leadership in Australia? Changing Recruitment and Careers of Federal Politicians
Â© Jan Pakulski and Bruce Tranter, 2015. The authors of this book argue that changing recruitment patterns and career profiles of Australian federal MPs - analyzed in the context of trends towards factionalized patronage parties, opportunistic populism, party-bureaucratic careers and increasing fast tracking to the top - have reduced the parliamentary elite's quality, particularly since the 1990s. The declining quality of the Australian 'political class' is a major factor underlying the decline in public trust and confidence in federal parliamentarians. Major parties in Australia are weakened by voter-party dealignment, factional divisions, falling trust and declining membership. They gradually abandon the systematic recruitment and grooming of leaders, attempting instead to pick emerging leaders and vote winners: factional loyalists, media celebrities, and skillful party functionaries. This trend is aggravated by relentless media exposÃ©s that undermine the system of political recruitment by skewing it towards the selection of party bureaucrats, demagogues, celebrities and PR experts.
Department/SchoolSchool of Social Sciences
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
Rights statementCopyright 2015 Jan Pakulski, Bruce Tranter and Palgrave Macmillan