A People's Federation? Populism, Deliberation and Federal Reform

Ron Levy, 'A People's Federation? Populism, Deliberation and Federal Reform' in Mark Bruerton, Tracey Arklay, Robyn Hollander and Ron Levy (eds), A People's Federation (Federation Press, 2017). ISBN 9781760021481

15 Pages Posted: 27 Oct 2017

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Ron Levy

Australian National University

Date Written: September 27, 2017

Abstract

In some ways populism provides a starkly poor fit to federal decision making – including decision making about a federation itself. As I describe in this chapter, contemporary populism is at once impatient for, and prone to derailing, federal reform. However, after diagnosing problems, I turn to consider institutional routes around them. The best solutions – those perhaps most able to restart stalled progress toward reform – may be those aiming to harness and redirect, rather than deny, populism’s rising tide. In this regard, deliberative democratic approaches to reform appear to hold particular promise.

Suggested Citation

Levy, Ron, A People's Federation? Populism, Deliberation and Federal Reform (September 27, 2017). Ron Levy, 'A People's Federation? Populism, Deliberation and Federal Reform' in Mark Bruerton, Tracey Arklay, Robyn Hollander and Ron Levy (eds), A People's Federation (Federation Press, 2017). ISBN 9781760021481, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3060149

Ron Levy (Contact Author)

Australian National University ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2600
Australia

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