Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Sage

Faculty

Education and Arts

School

School of Education

RAS ID

15819

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This paper was originally published as Cunningham, C., & Jackson, S. (2014). Leadership and the Australian Greens. Leadership, 10(4), 496-511. Original article available here.

Abstract

This paper examines the inherent tension between a Green political party’s genesis and official ideology and the conventional forms and practices of party leadership enacted in the vast bulk of other parties, regardless of their place on the ideological spectrum. A rich picture is painted of this ongoing struggle through a case study of the Australian Greens with vivid descriptions presented on organisational leadership issues by Australian state and federal Green members of parliaments. What emerges from the data is the Australian Green MPs’ conundrum in retaining an egalitarian and participatory democracy ethos while seeking to expand their existing frame of leadership to being both more pragmatic and oriented towards active involvement in government.

DOI

10.1177/1742715013498407

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