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Ethical Consumerism: Are Unethical Labour Practices Important to Consumers?
ABSTRACT This study investigates whether negative information about the labour practices of a company affects consumers' opinions of the company, and ultimately, their product purchasing decisions.Expand
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The Age of Independence? Independents in Australian Parliaments
As there are more independent members with a party background, it could be argued that the influence of the major parties continues to be very strong, even when non-aligned candidates are successful.Expand
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The political motivations of ethical consumers
Consumer-driven labelling schemes such as Fairtrade and the Forest Stewardship Council, are based upon several assumptions of consumer decision making and behaviour. This study aimed to test theExpand
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The Global Financial Crisis and Beyond
At first glance, it could be said that the cycle that started in the 1970s and 1980s is repeating. Economic instability, increasing debts and large budget deficits are forcing governments toExpand
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WHEN THE PERSONAL BECOMES POLITICAL: MITIGATING DAMAGE FOLLOWING SCANDALS
This study aims to assess the potency of smear campaigns in politics and whether damage can be mitigated. The main effects of and interactions between different types of scandals (adultery, misuse ofExpand
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Ministerial Accountability for Departmental Actions Across Westminster Parliamentary Democracies
This study examines the convention of individual ministerial responsibility for departmental actions in the four key Westminster countries of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.Expand
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Scandals as a Positive Feature of Liberal Democratic Politics: A Durkheimian perspective
AbstractPolitical scandals are an indicator of freedom of speech, an open and aggressive media and strong political competition. Emile Durkheim’s ideas on social cohesion have a particular resonanceExpand
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Policy Capacity Within a Federation: The Case of Australia
The Australian federation began with strong states and a coordinating federal government with a constitutionally prescribed and minimal list of responsibilities. Over the last century, with bothExpand