The Nick Xenophon Team: more than a personal vehicle?

Glenn Kefford, Duncan McDonnell

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Of all the new Australian ‘personal’ parties created in recent years, the Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) appears to have the greatest potential to entrench itself. The party has a widely known and popular leader, who is experienced and claims to be building his new party slowly. This contrasts sharply with other examples of the personal party phenomenon in Australia, such as the Palmer United Party, which started strong but quickly disintegrated. Based on interviews across Australia with internal party figures and an analysis of party documents, this paper examines firstly how NXT is organised at national and state level, how it mobilised for its first election campaign, and the role played by the founder-leader within the party. It then considers how the case of NXT fits with existing theory on new parties in Western democracies.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventThe Australian Political Studies Association Conference 2016 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 26 Sep 201628 Sep 2016


ConferenceThe Australian Political Studies Association Conference 2016


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