Contestability of Australian federal elections

Davidson, S, Fry, T, Farrell, L and Mihajilo, S 2008, 'Contestability of Australian federal elections', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 43, no. 3, pp. 547-554.


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Title Contestability of Australian federal elections
Author(s) Davidson, S
Fry, T
Farrell, L
Mihajilo, S
Year 2008
Journal name Australian Journal of Political Science
Volume number 43
Issue number 3
Start page 547
End page 554
Total pages 7
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Abstract Using data on federal elections for both the Upper and Lower Houses in Australia and the Herfindahl-Hirschman Index (HHI), we explore whether the contestability/concentration varies across elections. Our results show significant movements in contestability over time. The results also imply a smaller degree of concentration than we would expect to find in a two-party system. To the extent that the Upper House (Senate) - until the 2004 election - is not controlled by the executive, this implies a greater level of political competition, and choice for voters, than that associated with two-party systems.
Subject Applied Economics not elsewhere classified
DOI - identifier 10.1080/10361140802267308
Copyright notice © 2008 Australian Political Studies Association
ISSN 1036-1146
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