Federalism and the States
Quick e-introduction to federalism:
Further reading suggestionsHere are some reading suggestions which compliment our account of Australia’s federal system.
- Vromen, K.A, Gelber, K. and Gauja. A. 2009. Powerscape: Contemporary Australian politics 2nd edn. (Crows Nest: Allen & Unwin). Chapter 11 looks at Australia’s federal system and its importance.
- Summers, J. and Lowe, J. 2009. ‘The Federalism System’ in Woodward, D. Parkin A. and J. Summers (eds) Government, Politics, Power and Policy in Australia. 9th edn. (Frenchs Forest: Pearson.) This is a straightforward and comprehensive account of Australia’s federal system and its recent evolution.
- Maddox, G. 2005. Australian Democracy in Theory and Practice. 5th edn. (Frenchs Forrest: Pearson Longman). Chapter 3 examines ‘Federalism in Australia’, the benefits that flow from it and its disadvantages from a more theoretical perspective than we adopt in Politics One.
- Fenna, A. 2004. Australian Public Policy 2nd edn. (Frenchs Forrest: Pearson) Chapter7 examines the overlap between state and Commonwealth governments and its implications for policy making.
In 2005 the then Prime Minister Howard expressed his reservations about Australia’s federal system: he said ‘If we had our time again, we might have organised ourselves differently.’
Is federalism a problem for, or an important design feature of, Australia’s political system?