Australian Social Attitudes IV: The Age of Insecurity
Australian Social Attitudes IV: The Age of Insecurity
Edited by Shaun Wilson and Markus Hadler
Sydney University Press
ISBN: 9781743325742

In the decade following the end of the Howard administration, Australian politics has been defined by growing uncertainty and the emergence of popular disaffection with the political class, similar to that found in the United States and Britain. Australian Social Attitudes IV: Australia in the Age of Insecurity is an in-depth look at the economic and geopolitical tensions that pervade Australian discourse.

Building on public opinion data collected by the Australian Survey of Social Attitudes and the Australian Election Study in particular, this book is designed to present the public, media, and policymakers with up-to-date analysis of public opinion about important topics confronting Australian politics and society.

Table of Contents

  • List of figures
  • Introduction: Australia in an age of insecurity by Shaun Wilson and Markus Hadler
  • Part 1: Australian insecurities
  • Trust and insecurity: is economic and political insecurity eroding trust? by Clive Bean
  • Minor and populist parties in Australia: does economic insecurity or a ‘representation gap’ drive support? by Shaun Ratcliff
  • Attitudes to immigration and asylum seekers in Australia: contested territory or an opportunity for right wing populism? by Shaun Wilson
  • Part 2: Politics and political participation
  • Climate scepticism in Australia and in international perspective by Bruce Tranter
  • Gender, voting, and women's representation in the 2016 election by Katrine Beauregard
  • Battlers and aspirationals: the liberal party and the median voter by Ian McAllister and Toni Makkai
  • No steps further! The perceived limits of ‘the right of free assembly’ among Australians in international comparison by Markus Hadler and Anja Eder
  • The collapse of polling as a way of asking about policy preferences: Campaign polls in Australia and Britain by Murray Goot
  • Part 3: Changing social institutions
  • Howard's queens in Whitlam's republic: Explaining enduring support for the monarchy in Australia by Luke Mansillo
  • Marriage and happiness: Australians’ changing attitudes to marriage by Ann Evans and Edith Gray
  • About the contributors
  • Index

About the Editors

Shaun Wilson is an associate professor of sociology at Macquarie University.

Markus Hadler is a professor of sociology at University of Graz.

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