The Nick Xenophon Team: More than a personal vehicle?

Stream: Panel 8 - Comparative Politics: Political Parties and Interests Groups 
Date: Monday, 26 September 2016
Time: 11.30 am – 1.00 pm


Of all the new Australian ‘personal’ parties created in recent years, the Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) appears to have the greatest potential to entrench itself. The party has a widely known and popular leader, who is experienced and claims to be building his new party slowly. This contrasts sharply with other examples of the personal party phenomenon in Australia, such as the Palmer United Party, which started strong but quickly disintegrated. Based on interviews across Australia with internal party figures and an analysis of party documents, this paper examines firstly how NXT is organised at national and state level, how it mobilised for its first election campaign, and the role played by the founder-leader within the party. It then considers how the case of NXT fits with existing theory on new parties in Western democracies.


Glenn Kefford (Presenter), University of Tasmania

Duncan McDonnell (Presenter), Griffith University