About the book

‘It is in our best interests as individuals and our responsibility as citizens to know how the Australian political system works, and to do this we need to understand the political process that drives it. This means we need to know about politics and the role it plays in determining a system of government and making it work’

– Gwynneth Singleton

Australian Political Institutions 10e introduces students to the structure and organisation of the institutions and functions of government in Australia, with reference to contemporary issues and debates.

As an introduction to the principles of political science the text provides an analysis of key issues in the Australian political system in a clear and concise manner. This new tenth edition retains its core focus on the Australian political system but also includes expanded comparative analysis of the similarities and differences in the structure and operation of political institutions in other countries which students can use to consider the strengths and weaknesses of the Australian political system and whether it could be improved. The inclusion of end of chapter case studies in the tenth edition provide students with real life applications to enhance the relevance of studying political science in Australia today.

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