This chapter is the one most strongly underpinned by the behavioural approach outlined in Chapter 3. It examines existing models for understanding why Australians vote the way they do and evaluates whether new models explain an increase in voter support for minor parties and a diminishing of strong identification with the major parties. The research is largely based on sample surveys of individuals, and the Australian findings are related to general models of voter behaviour developed internationally. These findings and models can usefully be measured against the expectations of voter behaviour contained in rival theories of democracy (Chapter 1). To the extent that the findings and models suggest voting is related to class, gender and other socio-economic identities, they also contribute to an understanding of the critical theories outlined in Chapter 4. Given that the newer models of voting suggest a breaking down of sociological explanations, the connections with post-structuralism are also clear (see Chapter 5).
|Title of host publication||Contemporary politics in Australia|
|Subtitle of host publication||theories, practices and issues|
|Editors||Rodney Smith, Ariadne Vromen, Ian Cook|
|Place of Publication||Port Melbourne, Vic|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|