The opinion-policy link in Australia

Martin, Aaron, Dowding, Keith and Hindmoor, Andrew (2014) The opinion-policy link in Australia. Australian Journal of Political Science, 49 3: 499-517. doi:10.1080/10361146.2014.934655

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Author Martin, Aaron
Dowding, Keith
Hindmoor, Andrew
Title The opinion-policy link in Australia
Journal name Australian Journal of Political Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1036-1146
Publication date 2014-08-30
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10361146.2014.934655
Open Access Status
Volume 49
Issue 3
Start page 499
End page 517
Total pages 19
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Whether or not policy is responsive to public opinion is central to questions of representation. Democracy by many accounts is premised on there being a strong correspondence between public opinion and policy. This link has not, however, been examined in detail in Australia. This article examines the policy–opinion link in a more robust way than that has previously been achieved in Australia, through the use of legislative data from the Australian Policy Agendas Project (APAP) and public opinion data from Roy Morgan.  The article asks: is policy congruent with public opinion in Australia? In addressing this question, we examine to what extent policy accords with the preferences of the public. This in turn provides us with some answers about how representative Australian democracy is, as well as contributing to an international debate about the responsiveness of policy to public opinion.
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