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The constitutional foundations of Australia's political system

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Eccleston, RG (2006) The constitutional foundations of Australia's political system. In: Foundations of Australian Politics. Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW, pp. 13-23. ISBN 0 7339 7804 5

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Abstract

In 1992, American political scientist Frances Fukuyama proclaimed ‘the end of history’, because with the collapse of communism, Western-style liberal democracy was the only credible form of political organisation (Fukuyama 1992). While many people disagree with the ‘end of history’ argument, Fukuyama is right that in the early 21st century nearly every country claims to have some form of democracy. Even China, with its strong communist traditions, is embracing market capitalism and forms of democratic participation (He 1996). Despite this strong trend towards democratic systems of government, it is important to remember that even in the present era of globalisation, significant variations in national political systems remain. In short, the rules of the political game vary from country to country because of a host of historical, cultural and economic reasons. This chapter begins our examination of the foundations of the Australian political system and explains how the Australian Constitution influences national politics and society.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Pearson Education Australia
Page Range: pp. 13-23
Additional Information: © 2006 Pearson Education Australia
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2009 00:25
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:54
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/8157
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