The Decline of Political Leadership in Australia? Changing Recruitment and Careers of Federal Politicians

  • Jan Pakulski
  • Bruce Tranter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Jan Pakulski, Bruce Tranter
    Pages 1-16
  3. Jan Pakulski, Bruce Tranter
    Pages 17-34
  4. Jan Pakulski, Bruce Tranter
    Pages 35-50
  5. Jan Pakulski, Bruce Tranter
    Pages 74-88
  6. Jan Pakulski, Bruce Tranter
    Pages 89-99
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 100-115

About this book


This book analyses the changing political recruitment of the Australian federal parliamentary elite. It argues that the elite's quality has been reduced to a worrisome degree, especially since the 1990s. It suggests that the declining quality of the Australian 'political class' is a major factor behind the declining public trust in politicians.


Political leaders political recruitment political elites federal parliament Elite recruitment Political professionalisation Ministerial careers Leadership recruitment Party functionaries Australian prime ministers parliament quality trust

Authors and affiliations

  • Jan Pakulski
    • 1
  • Bruce Tranter
    • 1
  1. 1.University of TasmaniaAustralia

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