Does the economy matter for how Australians vote in federal elections? International studies show an association between economic performance and elections, but research on Australia finds that the impact of the economy on voting is modest. What explains this relative absence of economic voting? How do Australians perceive the economy? And how do economic perceptions inform their decisions at the polls? Our results confirm the lack of an association between economic indicators and incumbent vote shares.
Timothy Hellwig and Ian McAllister. 2016. "Does the Economy Matter? Economic Perceptions and the Vote in Australia". Australian Journal of Political Science 51(2):236-254.