- Class Number 4575
- Term Code 3250
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Ian McAllister
- Prof Ian McAllister
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 01/07/2022
- Class End Date 30/09/2022
- Census Date 22/07/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 22/07/2022
Why do Australians vote the way they do? Why are young people more likely to support minor parties? What would happen if voting were not compulsory? How important is the environment to most people? Do Australians want the government to play a larger or smaller role in our lives? The answers to these questions have very important implications for Australian democracy. This course will examine how the dimensions of political behaviour and public opinion have been changing over time and the implications of this for the future of Australian politics.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- critically analyse academic surveys and public opinion polls;
- evaluate the contribution surveys and opinion polls makes to our understanding of Australian politics;
- critically assess and present arguments based on empirical evidence and theoretical models based on the voter behaviour literature;
- assess the most important post-1945 elections and the events and issues driving electoral outcomes;
- develop analytical and writing skills through the research essay and exam; and
- discuss and reasses central ideas in collegical class environment.
The course will draw on a wide range of sources and reading. However, the following three books will cover a lot of the material that appear throughout the course. Elections and Voters covers the main theories of voting behaviour, and employs a wide range of cross-national examples. The Australian Voter primarily deals with Australian evidence, while the Oxford Handbook of Political Behaviour is particularly valuable for international sources of literature.
Cees van der Eijk and Mark Franklin. 2009. Elections and Voters. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Ian McAllister, 2011. The Australian Voter: Fifty Years of Change, Sydney: University of New South Wales Press.
Russell J. Dalton and Hans-Dieter Klingemann, editors, 2007. The Oxford Handbook of Political Behaviour. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Throughout the course there will be a mixture of lectures, group exercises, discussion, and presentations. Students are expected to actively engage in lecture material and group activities while in class in order to achieve learning outcomes 1 to 6.
Lectures will not be taped consistently due to the interactive format of the course, however the power point slides will be available on Wattle, 24 hours after the lecture has been delivered.
Birch, Sarah, 2009. Full Participation: A Comparative Study of Compulsory Voting. New York: United Nations University Press.
Blais, Andre, 2007. ‘Turnout in Elections’, in Russell J. Dalton & Hans-Dieter Klingemann, editors. The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Dalton, Russell J., David M. Farrell & Ian McAllister. 2011. Political Parties and Democratic Linkage. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Dalton, Russell J. and Hans-Dieter Klingemann, editors, 2007. The Oxford Handbook of Political Behaviour. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Ruth Dassonnville and Ian McAllister. Forthcoming. ‘Gender, Political Knowledge and Descriptive Representation: The Impact fo Long-Term Socialization.’ American Journal of Political Science. https://doi.org/10.1070/17455289.2017.1387632
Evans, Geoffrey, and James Tilley. 2012. ‘The Depoliticization of Inequality and Redistribution: Explaining the Decline of Class Voting.’ Journal of Politics 74(4): 963- 976
Farrell, David & Ian McAllister. 2003. The Australian Electoral System: Origins, Variations and Consequences. Sydney: University of New South Wales Press.
Franklin, Mark N. 2004. Voter Turnout and the Dynamics of Electoral Competition, in Established Democracies Since 1945. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Gibson, Rachel & Ian McAllister. 2011. ‘Do Online Election Campaigns Win Votes? The 2007 Australian YouTube Election.’ Political Communications 28: 227–244.
Green, Jane. 2007. ‘When Voters and Parties Agree: Valence Issues and Party Competition.’ Political Studies 55: 629-655.
Timothy Hellwig and Ian McAllister. 2017. ‘The Impact of Economic Assets on Party Choice in Australia.’ Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. https://doi.org/10.1080/17457289.2017.1408632
Inglehart, Ronald. 2007. ‘Postmaterialist Values and the Shift from Survival to SelfExpression Values’, in Russell J. Dalton & Hans-Dieter Klingemann, editors. The Oxford Handbook of Political Behaviour. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Klingemann, Hans-Dieter, editor, 2009. The Comparative Study of Electoral Systems. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Lewis-Beck, Michael S., Richard Nadeau and Martial Foucault. 2013. ‘The Compleat Economic Voter: New Theory and British Evidence.’ British Journal of Political Science 43: 241-261
Lewis-Beck, Michael S. & Mary Stegmaier, 2007. ‘Economic Models of Voting, in Russell J. Dalton & Hans-Dieter Klingemann, editors. The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
McAllister, Ian. 2007. ‘The Personalization of Politics, in Russell J. Dalton & Hans-Dieter Klingemann, editors. The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
McAllister, Ian. 2009. ‘Elections and Electoral Behavior’, in R.A.W. Rhodes, The Australian Study of Politics. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
McAllister, Ian. 2011. The Australian Voter: Fifty Years of Change, Sydney: University of New South Wales Press.
Pietsch, Juliet & Ian McAllister. 2010. ‘“A Diabolical Challenge”: Public Opinion and Climate Change Policy in Australia’, Environmental Politics 19: 217-36.
Schmitt-Beck, Rudiger. 2007. ‘New Modes of Campaigning’, in Russell J. Dalton & HansDieter Klingemann, editors. The Oxford Handbook of Political Behaviour. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Semetko, Holli A. 2007. ‘Political Communication’, in Russell J. Dalton & Hans-Dieter Klingemann, editors. The Oxford Handbook of Political Behaviour. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Singh, Shane and Judd Thornton. 2013. ‘Compulsory Voting and the Dynamics of Partisan Identification.’ European Journal of Political Research 52: 188-211.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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Guideline for word limits
Students are expected to adhere to the word limits for each assignment. Students are able to go either side of the word limit by 10%. If you exceed the 10% quota you will be penalised by 10%. You will be marked on how well you express your argument within the given word limit, so it is in your interest to strictly adhere to the word limit for each assignment.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Monday 4 July 2022 9.30-10.00 Topic 1 Course introduction, overview, assessment, key issues [McAllister] 10.00-10.30 Group work: Assigning groups and tasks [Chowdhury] 11.00-12.00 Topic 2 Lecture: The electoral rules of the game [McAllister] 12.00-12.30 Group discussion: electoral institutions and their consequences [Chowdhury and McAllister] Lunch 1.30-2.30 Topic 3 Lecture: Parties and party loyalties [Chowdhury] 2.30-3.00 Group discussion: do parties matter? [Chowdhury and McAllister] 3.30-4.30 Topic 4 Lecture: What voters know about politics [McAllister] 4.30-5.00 Group discussion: do voters’ views matter? [Chowdhury and McAllister]|
|2||Wednesday 6 July 2022 9.30-10.30 Topic 5 Lecture: How to measure behaviour and opinions [Chowdhury] 11.00-12.00 Topic 6 Lecture: Where to find data and how to use it [McAllister] 12.00-12.30 Group discussion: methodology Q & A [Chowdhury and McAllister] Lunch 1.30-5.00 Laboratory work: data analysis [Chowdhury and McAllister]|
|3||Friday 8 July 2022 Topic 7 Lecture: Influences on the vote 1: social background [Beauregard] 11.00-12.00 Topic 8 Lecture: Influences on the vote 2: class influences [McAllister] 12.00-12.30 Group discussion: Influencing the vote [Chowdhury and McAllister] Lunch 1.30-2.30 Topic 9 Lecture: Influences on the vote 3: Economic beliefs [McAllister] 3.00-3.30 Group discussion: do voters’ views matter? [Chowdhury and McAllister]|
|4||Monday 11 July 2022 9.30-10.30 Topic 10 Lecture: Influences on the vote 4: political leaders [McAllister] 11.00-12.00 Topic 11 Lecture: Influences on the vote 5: media and election campaigns [Chowdhury] 12.00-12.30 Group discussion: leadership and campaigns [Chowdhury and McAllister] Lunch 1.30-5.00 Laboratory work: data analysis [Chowdhury]|
|5||Wednesday 13 July 2022 9.30-10.30 Topic 12 Lecture: Elections and the democratic process in advanced democracies [McAllister] 11.00-12.00 Topic 13 Lecture: Forecasting elections [Chowdhury] 12.00-12.30 Group discussion: Forecasting [Chowdhury and McAllister] Lunch 1.30-5.00 Presentation of seminar papers [Chowdhury and McAllister]|
|6||Friday 15 July 2022 9.30-10.30 Topic 14 Lecture: Participation: voter turnout [McAllister] 11.00-12.00 Topic 15 Lecture: Participation: other forms [Chowdhury] 12.00-12.30 Group discussion: Participation [Chowdhury and McAllister] 12.30-1.00 Group discussion: Course assessment and feedback [Chowdhury and McAllister]|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date|
|Seminar presentation||10 %||13/07/2022|
|Class participation||10 %||15/07/2022|
|Final exam||40 %||24/07/2022|
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Assessment Task 1
Learning objectives assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Due date: Sunday 15 August 2022 4pm
Length: 2,000 words (including footnotes and tables)
The essay will on a topic agreed with the lecturer in the first week of the course. The topic will relate to one of the areas covered in the lectures, and will be based on an analysis of survey or other data, using one of the databases used in the laboratory sessions on Wednesday 10 January and Monday 15 January. The essay will be expected to cover:
- Research question(s): What is the research question(s) ‘or problem?
- Theoretical framework: What is the theoretical framework (i.e. literature review which includes theories and/or past research used to introduce and justify the relevance of the study)? Discuss the most important elements of the theoretical framework and how it is appropriate for the research question addressed in this study.
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- Discussion and conclusion: Discuss the findings in relation to the theoretical framework used.
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Assessment Task 2
Due: 13 July 2022
Assessment Task 3
Assessment Task 4
Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 3, 4, 5
Due Date: 24 July 2022 4pm
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Professor Ian McAllister works on elections, parties and public opinion in Australia and cross-nationally. His most recent books are Voting and Elections (Elgar, 2022), Australian Public Opinion, Defence and Foreign Policy (Palgrave, 2021), The Australian Voter (UNSW Press, 2011) and (co-author) of Political Parties and Democratic Linkage (Cambridge, 2011), Conflict to Peace: Politics and Society in Northern Ireland Over Half a Century (Manchester, 2013) and. He has been director of the Australian Election Study since 1987, and was Chair of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems project from 2004 to 2009 and editor of the Australian Journal of Political Science from 2004 to 2010.
Prof Ian McAllister