Ian McAllister, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at ANU and a former Director of ANU’s Research School of Social Sciences, discusses the Australian Election Study (AES) and its implications for the ALP.
The AES has surveyed Australian public opinion on politics following each federal election since 1987. It has asked about electoral institutions, party loyalties, views on politics and leaders, campaigns, social background, class, economic beliefs, and values. In his recent book—The Australian Voter: 50 Years of Change—Ian has drawn on both the AES and three earlier surveys (covering 12 elections in all) to chart the changes in attitudes to Australian politics over the past half century. He has been co-director of the AES since 1987.
Apart from his work on Australian political behaviour, Ian’s recent research has included Russian electoral behaviour and democratisation, as well as political behaviour and violence in Northern Ireland. He has edited the Australian Journal of Political Science since 2004.