1st Edition

Strategic Communication and the 2022 Australian Federal Election Campaign A Brutal Business

By James Mahoney Copyright 2024
    182 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book presents a new approach to the analysis of Australian federal election campaigns, approaching them from a professional communication perspective. It stress-tests the campaigns of the major parties against the requirements of effective strategic communication planning and implementation parameters used in professional practice.
    Research undertaken during the 2022 election period analyses campaign issues, whether communication tools were appropriate, and whether strategic directions led to real outcomes by delivering votes to the parties. Applying the Hallahan model for the first time in an Australian election study, the book offers rare insights into a political culture that employs compulsory voting.
    It will be of interest to scholars and students of Australian politics, public relations, and communication studies.

    1. A short drive to Yarralumla  2. A strategic approach  3. Behind the swing to independents  4. The key players  5. Campaigning on issues  6. The pressure points: polls and marginal electorates  7. The news media, frames, and debates  8. The 2022 election result  Case study: Defying maths in the ACT  9. Will they ever learn?


    James Mahoney is Adjunct Professor in Professional Communication, News and Media Research Centre at the University of Canberra, Australia. His research interests are strategic communication planning and issues management.