From Intuition to Reality: Measuring Federal Political Culture in Australia
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Federalism is associated with a range of political values, but their institutionalization in practice varies significantly. This article uses a new empirical approach to measuring "federal political culture" through the Australian Constitutional Values Survey, to explore the gap between theory and reality. It presents analysis by gender to demonstrate the approach, highlighting the importance of resolving the mix of theory and practice needed to understand contemporary preferences in institutional design. Overall, Australians were shown to be predominantly federalist in their values. However, women were on average somewhat stronger federalists than men, being stronger supporters of decentralism and legal diversity, while also being somewhat less likely than men to consider that Australia's present system delivers adequately on these values. The findings contribute to federal reform debates.
© 2013 Oxford University Press. This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Publius following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version, From Intuition to Reality: Measuring Federal Political Culture in Australia, Publius, Spring 2013, 43 (2): 297-314, is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/publius/pjs026
Political Theory and Political Philosophy