Part 1: Conceptual Framework Introduction 1. Understanding liberal-democratic politics by Andrew Parkin 2. Understanding ideologies by Alan Fenna Part 2: Government and Institutions Introduction 3. The constitutional framework by Andrew Parkin & John Summers 4. Parliament and responsible government by John Summers 5. Executive government by Geoff Anderson 6. Managing and restructuring the public sector by Jenny Stewart 7. The federal system by John Summers & Jan Lowe 8. The High Court by Haig Patapan Part 3: Party and electoral politics Introduction 9. Political parties and the party system by Dennis Woodward 10. The electoral system by Brian Costar 11. The Labor party by Nick Economou 12. The Liberal party by Judith Brett 13. The Nationals by Dennis Woodward 14. Minor parties and Independents by Narelle Miragliotta 15. Voters and voting by Haydon Manning Part 4: Governance, Power and Society Introduction 16. Power by Michael Gilding 17. Political leadership by James Walter 18. Interest groups and political lobbying by John Warhurst 19. Government-business relations by Andrew Parkin &Leonie Hardcastle 20. The media, power and politics by Ian Ward 21. Feminism, power and the representation of women by Jennifer Curtin Part 5: Policy Introduction 22. The policy making process by Meredith Edwards 23. Economic and tax policy by Alan Fenna 24. Welfare policy by Jane Robbins 25. Health policy by Gwen Gray 26. Indigenous affairs policy by Jane Robbins & John Summers 27. Environmental policy by Jenny Stewart
Dr. Dennis Woodward is Senior Lecturer in Politics in the School of Political and Social Inquiry at Monash University. Andrew Parkin is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Professor of Political and International Studies, Flinders University, and formerly Editor of the Australian Journal of Political Science. John Summers is Senior Lecturer in Political and International Studies, Flinders University.