Ideological soul mates? Exploring ideational overlap between the Greens and the ALP

Stream: Panel 1 - Australian Politics / Media & Politics: Australia's Shifting Ideological Landscape
Date: Monday, 26 September 2016
Time: 11.30 am – 1.00 pm


Although the ALP and the Greens are electoral competitors, there is a strong belief among some commentators and scholars that there is significant ideational overlap between the two parties. This assumption has even led to calls for the two parties to forge a “progressive block”. However, evidence to support the claim of ideological overlap between the ALP and Greens is thin on the ground. This paper seeks to establish whether there is a strong ideological resemblance between the two groupings. Drawing on data sourced from the Manifesto Project Database, this paper will compare the policies of the ALP and Greens at the 2007, 2010 and 2013 federal elections.


Rob Manwaring (Presenter), Flinders University
Rob Manwaring is a lecturer in politics and public policy at Flinders University, Adelaide. His book, "The Search for Democratic Renewal' is published with Manchester University Press.

Narelle Miragliotta (Presenter), Monash University
Narelle Miragliotta is a lecturer at Monash University. She has research interests in the area of political institutions, with a focus on parties, parliament, and elections and electoral systems, particularly in Australia. In 2015, she co-edited with Smith and Gauja 'Contemporary Australian Politiical Party organisations'.