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Canada and Australia share a political culture of conflict

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Abstract


  • In a recent book, political scientist Tom Flanagan argues that the years of minority government in Canada between 2004 and 2011 had a corrosive effect on Canadian politics and political culture. He comments:

    After so many years of continuous campaigning, federal politicans are like child soldiers in a war-torn African country; all they know how to do is fire their AK-47s.

    This statement, and many other things that Flanagan describes as features of Canadian politics – including increased centralisation of decision-making in the party and the need to be in constant campaign mode – could also be considered to be characteristics of contemporary Australian politics.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Melleuish, G. C. (2015). Canada and Australia share a political culture of conflict. The Conversation, 17 March 1-2.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2932&context=lhapapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1926

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  • 1

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 2

Volume


  • 17 March

Place Of Publication


  • http://theconversation.com/canada-and-australia-share-a-political-culture-of-conflict-37881

Abstract


  • In a recent book, political scientist Tom Flanagan argues that the years of minority government in Canada between 2004 and 2011 had a corrosive effect on Canadian politics and political culture. He comments:

    After so many years of continuous campaigning, federal politicans are like child soldiers in a war-torn African country; all they know how to do is fire their AK-47s.

    This statement, and many other things that Flanagan describes as features of Canadian politics – including increased centralisation of decision-making in the party and the need to be in constant campaign mode – could also be considered to be characteristics of contemporary Australian politics.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Melleuish, G. C. (2015). Canada and Australia share a political culture of conflict. The Conversation, 17 March 1-2.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2932&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1926

Number Of Pages


  • 1

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 2

Volume


  • 17 March

Place Of Publication


  • http://theconversation.com/canada-and-australia-share-a-political-culture-of-conflict-37881