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The mother of all effects? stability and change in Greens party identification in Australia

Tranter, B ORCID: 0000-0002-0649-6065 and Smith, J 2018 , 'The mother of all effects? stability and change in Greens party identification in Australia' , Environmental Politics , pp. 1-24 , doi: 10.1080/09644016.2018.1518068.

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The Australian Greens only formed as a national party in 1992. Here, some ofthe first young Australians able to inherit Greens party identity are examined.Analysis of youth cohort data from the state of Queensland, spanning 5 years(n = 2160; aged 17–22), shows that parental political affiliation (especiallymaternal affiliation) strongly influences Greens party identification as it doesfor the major parties. However, Greens are less likely than major party identifiersto exhibit stable party allegiances over time. Defections between Greensand Labor are also far more likely than between these parties and conservativeparties (Liberals or Nationals). The comparatively recent formation of theAustralian Greens accounts for the relative instability of Greens identity overtime. Nevertheless, inter-generational transmission of Greens identity shouldtranslate into a relatively stable electoral base for the Greens, helping ensurethey remain an influential presence in Australian federal politics.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Tranter, B and Smith, J
Keywords: party identification, Green parties, Green voting, Australia
Journal or Publication Title: Environmental Politics
Publisher: Frank Cass Co Ltd
ISSN: 0964-4016
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/09644016.2018.1518068
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