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The Republican push : a sociological study of political reform


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Krawec-Wheaton, AS 2003 , 'The Republican push : a sociological study of political reform', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The spread of civic nationalism and the push for an Australian republic became
inextricably linked in the 1990s. Specific socio-historical and socio-political
factors provided the impetus for both in the post-WVV II period. In the early
1990s civic national sentiments were harnessed by public intellectuals and
activists of the ARM in the push for an Australian republic. The push started
with Citizens for Democracy in the 1970s and it culminated in a referendum on
November 6th 1999. The referendum for Australia to move to a republic was
unsuccessful — which is surprising considering the pro-republican public
sentiments and the successful mobilization of the Australian Republican
This study addresses this puzzle of the 'surprising defeat'. It proposes a
sociological model identifying the key factors necessary for major political
reform. The model includes three sets of conditions of success and assesses the
presence of these conditions empirically. The conditions include conducive
public sentiments, the programmatic articulation of these sentiments by a social
movement organization, and a high degree of strategic and tactical consensus
among political elites, including the leaders of the republican movement. The
study concludes that this consensus amongst republican and political elites was
weak or missing on the eve of the referendum.

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Krawec-Wheaton, AS
Keywords: Republicanism
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Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Tasmania, 2003. Includes bibliographical references

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