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Australia's Political Institutions and the Corruption of Public Opinion


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Marsh, I 2007 , 'Australia's Political Institutions and the Corruption of Public Opinion' , The Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 66, no. 3 , pp. 329-341 , doi: IO.lllllj.1467-8500.2007.00544.x.

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This article explores structural causes for the decline in the quality of Australia's political
and policy conversations. Three are nominated. The first concerns the changing role of the
major party organisations. These no longer contribute to agenda setting; they are no longer
forums for activist and interest mobilisation; they no longer mobilise and cue a mass base.
The second structural change concerns the rise in the role of the media. This is now the
primary bridge between the formal political system and the surrounding society, a role for
which it is singularly ill-equipped. The third change concerns the misalignment between the
formal political system and Australian society. The formal system was formed in the early
twentieth century when Australian society was broadly divided by class allegiance. Those
days are long gone. Class has decomposed. A variety of new concerns differentiate and
pluralise social attitudes. Possible remedies are then discussed.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Marsh, I
Keywords: public opinion, political institutions, elite opinion, voting preferences
Journal or Publication Title: The Australian Journal of Public Administration
ISSN: 0313-6647
DOI / ID Number: IO.lllllj.1467-8500.2007.00544.x
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