One nation's electoral support

where does it come from, what makes it different and how does it fit?

Murray Goot*, Ian Watson

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This paper does three things. First, it offers a critique of the academic literature on the One Nation vote, focusing on the limitations of the work of political geographers and the methodological shortcomings of survey researchers. Second, it re-examines data from the 1998 Australian Election Study in order to explore the demographic and attitudinal forces that both drove the One Nation vote and distinguished it from the votes secured by the Labor Party, the Liberal and National parties and the Australian Democrats; this highlights the importance of gender, geography and class, of political alienation and of attitudes to Aborigines and immigration. Third, it suggests that the basis of One Nation's mobilisation did not lie in concerns about economic insecurity so much as in opposition to 'new class' values, particularly around race. In doing so, it challenges common understandings of the Party's constituency and of its distinctiveness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-191
Number of pages33
JournalAustralian Journal of Politics and History
Volume47
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2001

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