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Double Disillusion


Bringing together 41 contributors to analyse the 2016 Australian federal election within a relatively short time frame has been a substantial undertaking, and the editors have many people to thank for their support as a result. First of all, our thanks go to Marian Simms, Carol Johnson and John Wanna for their guidance and wisdom in helping us get the project started and sharing the experiences they had in editing previous volumes of this long-running series. Much of this book was planned during an intense day of brainstorming at a pre-election meeting in May 2016, hosted by The Australian National University’s (ANU) School of Politics and International Relations who provided rooms and catering for the workshop. Thank you to all the participants who were able to attend and shape the structure and content of the volume. A post-election workshop was held in August 2016 at the University of Sydney, where contributors presented chapter drafts. This was supplemented by a panel session at the Australian Political Studies Association Conference at the University of New South Wales in September 2016 and the New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference, held at the University of Waikato in December 2016.

We are grateful for the significant financial assistance for the May and August workshops that was provided by the University of Sydney (from grants funded by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the School of Social and Political Sciences) and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA).

We would also like to acknowledge the financial support of the ANU Press Publication Subsidy Fund and the generous editorial support and guidance provided by the ANU Press Social Sciences Editorial Board, in particular, Frank Bongiorno and Marian Sawer. Our thanks go to the manuscript’s anonymous reviewers, who also provided valuable feedback to the editors and contributors, and to Carolyn Brewer who undertook the copyediting work for this book. Max Kiefel and Martin Kear also provided valuable research and editing assistance.

Finally, we owe a huge debt of thanks to all our contributors, who responded so willingly to our tight timelines, who have—collectively—produced an analysis of the 2016 election with a depth of research that we hope will be read for years to come, and who are testament to the vibrancy and quality of Australian political studies today.

Anika Gauja, Peter Chen, Jennifer Curtin, Juliet Pietsch

May 2017

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