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ECU Professor uncovers 2007 election

Thursday, 17 July 2008


Dr Peter van Onselen, Associate Professor of Politics and Government at Edith Cowan University (ECU), has co-written a controversial new book about the 2007 federal election.

Howard's End, written in collaboration with Sydney University PhD candidate Philip Senior, is a detailed look at the year leading up to the 2007 election.

The book gives a behind-the-scenes insight into the activities of both parties from the announcement of the election campaign through to its conclusion, including their handling of controversial events in the lead up to the election.

"Readers will get a real sense of the pressures and processes involved in campaigning, policy development and the nature of relationships between politicians," says Professor van Onselen.

The book follows a number of scandals that came out in the lead up to the election and examines the way these events were handled within the Coalition and Labor camps.

Professor van Onselen says the book analyses and makes sense of the election result and the implications for the people of Australia.

"The most rewarding part of a book like this is the end product; an account which adds to the scholarly literature on political campaigning that is also accessible to the general public" he said.

Professor van Onselen is also co-author of John Winston Howard, The Definitive Biography, written in collaboration with Wayne Errington.

"The biography involved a huge number of interviews with Howard's family, friends, political supporters and detractors, and that experience helped to shape Howard's End."

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox says that Professor van Onselen's work gives a fascinating insight into some of the most complex aspects of politics.

"This kind of literary work is of great value, not just to academics in the area of politics and government, but also for members of the voting public," he said.

Howard's End is published by Melbourne University Press and is available from Monday, 21 July.

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