Melbourne Journal of Politics

An interdisciplinary academic journal publishes articles in political science and theory, public policy, international relations, European studies, post-colonial students and sociology.

Articles from Vol. 29, Annual

Bonding, Bridging and Investment: Important Aspects of a National Social Capital Policy Strategy
ABSTRACT SOCIAL CAPITAL CAN BE BUILT THROUGH INVESTMENT IN EMPLOYMENT AND EDUCATION, THOUGH DIFFERENT FORMS OF CAPITAL--BONDING AND BRIDGING CAPITAL--GENERATE CONFLICTING CLAIMS ON SUCH INVESTMENT. THEORETICAL AND EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE SUGGESTS...
Is Smog Democratic? Environmental Justice in the Risk Society
ABSTRACT Sociologist Ulrich Beck states that 'poverty is hierarchic, while smog is democratic' (1). In this article, it is argued that this claim is misguided. The environmental justice movement has shown that environmental risks are unevenly distributed...
Political Legacies: Australian Political Studies and the University of Melbourne
ABSTRACT The Department of Political Science at the University of Melbourne is the oldest political studies department in Australia. It had its origins in the pioneering efforts of William Macmahon Ball in the interwar period, culminating in the...
Responsibility and Time for Escape: The Meaning of Wellbeing to Young Australians
ABSTRACT This paper uses a sociological perspective to explore the way that young people talk about wellbeing. It draws on interviews with 62 young people from a Victorian regional centre. The interviews are explored using the theory of individualisation,...
Rethinking Democracy: The End of Democratic Transitions?
ABSTRACT The literature on democratic transitions and consolidations is struggling to properly understand a growing number of regimes that fail to conform to existing typologies. These regimes lie within a grey zone between the black and white dichotomy...
The Role of the Commonwealth Attorney-General in Appointing Judges to the High Court of Australia
ABSTRACT Daryl William's statement while attorney-general that, 'it ought to be concluded that the perception that the attorney-general exercises important functions independently of politics and in the public interest is either erroneous or at...
Young People, Habitus and Opinions about Politics
ABSTRACT This paper examines the engagement of young people in Australia with the field of politics in terms of Bourdieu's notion of habitus. Survey responses of pre-voting youth at three very different schools indicate a sense of being left out...
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