I, diarist: examining Australian politics from the "inside"

Sean Scalmer*, Nathan Hollier

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Political diaries can claim literary, political and intellectual significance, yet they have rarely been subject to serious or extended enquiry. In this article we offer the first comprehensive survey of the Australian political diary. We also analyse these writings in some depth, suggesting that, taken as a whole, the diaries reveal three Weberian "ideal types" of the politician: the "patrician", the "professional", and the "radical". These ideal types are used to shed a new light on the functioning and limitations of parliamentary democracy in Australia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-189
Number of pages20
JournalAustralian Journal of Politics and History
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009


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