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..View full abstract
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This work was supported by Melbourne School of Government; Australian Research Council [Grant Number DE160100603].