Postmaterialist and economic voting in Australia, 1990-98

Western, Mark and Tranter, Bruce (2001) Postmaterialist and economic voting in Australia, 1990-98. Australian Journal of Political Science, 36 3: 439-458. doi:10.1080/10361140120100659

Author Western, Mark
Tranter, Bruce
Title Postmaterialist and economic voting in Australia, 1990-98
Journal name Australian Journal of Political Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1036-1146
Publication date 2001-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10361140120100659
Volume 36
Issue 3
Start page 439
End page 458
Total pages 20
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Abstract Recent research in Australian sociology and political science has debated the extent to which postmaterialist values and economic self-interest shape voting in federal elections. Some researchers have argued that postmaterialist values have partly displaced materialist concerns with physical security and economic well-being in Australian public life. This displacement, coupled with the adoption by major political parties of postmaterialist 'quality of life' issues such as the environment, has meant that voting in Australia has come to be more dependent on postmaterialist values than on perceptions of economic interest. Other research, however, has found no relationship between postmaterialist values and voting behaviour, while economic evaluations remain a strong determinant of voting behaviour. Part of the disagreement reflects methodological differences in the research. But different methodological problems compromise each of the previous studies. In this paper we use data from the 1990, 1993, 1996 and 1998 Australian Election Studies to investigate postmaterialist and economic voting in the Commonwealth House of Representatives and the Senate. Using various statistical methods, we first explore bivariate relationships between key variables and then use multivariate models of postmaterialist and economic voting to adjudicate between the contending positions.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Official journal of the Australian Political Studies Association

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Collection: School of Social Science Publications
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