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Did the minority Gillard government keep its promises? A study of promissory representation in Australia

Andrea Carson, Andrew Gibbons, Aaron Martin

Australian Journal of Political Science | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2019


When the Gillard government formed a minority government in 2010 many commentators argued that the government would be unable to fulfil its mandate. Despite this, the Gillard government was able to pass a record amount of legislation–comparable to previous majority-led governments–suggesting the government was effective at negotiating legislative passage. Less understood is whether the Gillard government was able to keep its election promises given the constraints of minority government. This is an important empirical and normative question. In their most basic form elections are designed to allow the public to hold politicians and political parties to account for their past performance. Cen..

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