'The sheer complexity of modern government means that many citizens are uneasy about concepts that political insiders and journalists take for granted. A Dictionary of Australian Politics is a valuable guide to clearing a path through the jungle.' - Barry Jones
From barbecue-stopper' to 'washminster', from 'chardonnay socialist' to 'xenophobia', A Dictionary of Australian Politics is a comprehensive and lively guide to Australian political language. With handy 'quick grab' definitions, it is supported by in-depth explanations of the history and usage of important terms.
For anyone interested in politics, this is an authoritative and entertaining reference. It is uniquely Australian, bringing together a range of political terms and expressions that over time have entered the vernacular. It also includes international terms which are essential to political discussion.
Robert Corcoran is author of The Longman Dictionary of Politics, Civics and Environment and The Collins Australian Dictionary of Political Terms. Jackie Dickenson is an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Melbourne and author of Renegades and Rats. She was recently awarded an Australian Prime Ministers' Centre Fellowship.