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An interpretive, paradigmatic, and comparative analysis of Canadian and Australian Green parties


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Boston, F. Timothy H.(Francis Timothy Harold) 2002 , 'An interpretive, paradigmatic, and comparative analysis of Canadian and Australian Green parties', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Green parties have acquired political influence in Australia, and
more recently, Canada. Specifically, Australia has federal and state Green
parliamentarians, while polling data demonstrates that since 1991,
Canadian Greens have, taken together, increased their share of the popular
vote. Notwithstanding their electoral successes, the two countries' Green
parties have also had a notable effect on the public's conception of
environmental issues. To date, however, there has been barely any
examination of the paradigm, or more specifically, the beliefs of the federal
and state/provincial Canadian and Australian Greens, let alone a
comparative analysis of the two countries' set of Green parties. Hence, I
provide a paradigmatic, comparative analysis of the Green parties of
Canada and Australia, most substantially, via the interpretive approach
which identifies the ethnographic writer/researcher as, on balance, a part
of and not entirely removed from the research study (hence, the use of the
word 'I' throughout the dissertation). I argue that the recent scholarly
publications detailing the nature of the Australian and Canadian Greens do
not offer a paradigmatic examination or comparative analysis of the two
countries' Green parties, and accordingly, I attempt to fill this gap in the
literature. Moreover, I ask if the Greens of Australia and Canada share
similar or different paradigmatic positions. My findings reveal that the two
countries' Green parties share a common belief system, and to varying
degrees all value, for instance, environmental protection, social justice,
interdependence, diversity, and nonviolence. This said, I offer three notable
differences. Several of the Australian Green parties advocate plantation
forestry, which is in direct contrast to the philosophy of ecoforestry — an
ecosystem-based interpretation of forestry advocated by most if not all of
Canada's Greens. Together, the Green parties of Australia recognise the
relationship between physical activity, health, and societal well-being more
often than their Canadian counterparts. Generally speaking, Canada's
Greens lean towards principle-based politics (though, the Newfoundland
Green Party is somewhat of an exception), while Australia's Greens tend to
embrace constituency-based politics.

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Boston, F. Timothy H.(Francis Timothy Harold)
Keywords: Green Party (Australia), Green Party of Canada, Green movement, Green movement
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Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Tasmania, 2003. Includes bibliographical references

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