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Leadership and voting : the connection at the state level

Bean, Clive S. (2003) Leadership and voting : the connection at the state level. Australian Journal of Political Science, 38(3), pp. 465-478.

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Abstract

While it is now well established that Australian party leaders at the national level influence political choice in federal elections, little systematic study of the equivalent role that state premiers and opposition leaders might play has been undertaken. In the 2001 Australian Election Study (n=2010), questions were asked of a national probability sample of voters about respondent feelings towards their state premier and state opposition leader, in addition to equivalent questions about John Howard, Kim Beazley and other major political figures in federal politics. The data generated by this survey thus provide an opportunity to investigate the impact that contemporary state political leaders have on electoral choice. The analysis produces mixed results, but the findings show that state leaders generally do have an impact on voting behaviour in state elections, although in some cases this influence is eliminated when account is taken of voter attitudes towards the federal leaders. The analysis also affords an opportunity to test the extent of crossover between state and federal politics, in terms of how much state leaders influence federal voting and vice versa. While the results are somewhat uneven, they do indicate that some state leaders influence federal voting and that the federal leaders do influence voting in some states.

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ID Code: 7432
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Voting behaviour, state political leaders, Australian state politics
DOI: 10.1080/1036114032000133994
ISSN: 1742-9536
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Australian Government and Politics (160601)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Taylor & Francis and Australasian Political Studies Association
Copyright Statement: First published in: Australian Journal of Political Science, Volume 38, Issue 3 November 2003 , pages 465 - 478
Deposited On: 01 May 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:03

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