One Party, Two Traditions: Radicalism and Pragmatism in the Australian Greens

N.L. Miragliotta

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Abstract

The 2004 Australian federal election established the Australian Greens (Greens) as the third largest political force in the country behind the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and the Liberal Party in electoral terms. Despite the Greens' electoral achievements, the party has been largely dismissed as a radical single-issue political party. This paper will argue that while radicalism is an institutionally entrenched feature of the Greens in both organisational and programmatic terms, there are also strongly pragmatic aspects to the party's modus operandi. It suggests that the Greens are astute political operators who use radicalism in a highly pragmatic way to achieve their political objectives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)585-596
JournalAustralian Journal of Political Science
Volume41
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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