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Inventing the Nation Through the Ballot Box

From: From Subjects to Citizens


Much of Australia’s early identity as a nation revolved around its democratic experiments. In this paper I look at how Australian elections became family festivals rather than the drunken riots of nineteenth- century Britain, focusing on the invention of the secret ballot.



Marian Sawer

Marian Sawer is the Former Head of the Political Science Program, RSSS, ANU and Head, Democratic Audit of Australia. Was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1994 'for services to women and to political science' and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 1996. Awarded the Australian Political Studies Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. She is also a member of the International Political Science Association Executive and Co-Editor, International Political Science Review. Program Co-Chair, World Congress of Political Science, Poznan 2016. Member Local Organising Committee, World Congress of Political Science, Brisbane 2018.