Permanent populism: The Howard government 1996-2007

Wear, Rae (2008) Permanent populism: The Howard government 1996-2007. Australian Journal of Political Science, 43 4: 617-634. doi:10.1080/10361140802429247

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Author Wear, Rae
Title Permanent populism: The Howard government 1996-2007
Journal name Australian Journal of Political Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1363-030X
1036-1146
Publication date 2008-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10361140802429247
Open Access Status
Volume 43
Issue 4
Start page 617
End page 634
Total pages 18
Place of publication London
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject C1
9402 Government and Politics
160601 Australian Government and Politics
Abstract This article argues that populism was a permanent feature of John Howard’s government and that populism and the associated tactic of wedging were adopted to secure the government’s position and to eliminate populist rivals such as One Nation. Margaret Canovan describes the use of populist techniques by mainstream politicians as politicians’ populism. She also suggests that democracy has both redemptive and pragmatic faces and that when too great a gap opens between democracy’s two faces, populism is likely to emerge. The experience of four terms of the Howard government indicates that when politicians knowingly use populism they can successfully eliminate populist alternatives such as One Nation. The costs for democracy, however, are high, and in the case of the Howard government included neglect of minority rights, the growth of distrust in the institutions of representative democracy, increased community cynicism, the reluctance of the Opposition to speak out on a number of human rights issues for fear of losing support, and opportunistic policy making.
Keyword AustraliaA
Commonwealth
Politics
People
Values
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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