The National Party: prospects for the great survivors

Edited book

Botterill, Linda Courtenay and Cockfield, Geoff (ed.) 2009. The National Party: prospects for the great survivors . Crows Nest, NSW, Australia. Allen & Unwin.
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The National Party: prospects for the great survivors

Book CategoryEdited book
ERA Publisher ID1092
EditorsBotterill, Linda Courtenay and Cockfield, Geoff
Number of Pages237
PublisherAllen & Unwin
Place of PublicationCrows Nest, NSW, Australia
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The National Party of Australia is under challenge. Will it be able to adapt and survive or will it become increasingly irrelevant in Australian politics?
With population growth in some coastal and hinterland areas and decline in inland agricultural areas, the face of rural and regional Australia is changing. As a result, the National Party's traditional support is being eroded.

Within the long-standing coalition, the influence of the Nationals appears to be in decline, yet they continue to resist amalgamation with the Liberal Party.

The authors describe a small party, with a strong agrarian identity, surviving amongst major parties that are deeply rooted in an increasingly dominant urban political landscape. They consider the policy and political options and potential electoral strategies for survival and, perhaps, renewal.

KeywordsNational Party of Australia, political parties
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440801. Australian government and politics
Byline AffiliationsAustralian National University
School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
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