This paper will examine how four Australian 'schools' have locally interpreted the 'problem' of globalisation as one of disenfranchisement. From divergent ideological perspectives, each of these schools presents globalisation as a challenge for Australian democracy, and an opportunity for new or reclaimed modes of political participation. Examining in turn far-right/ populist responses (eg One Nation); left protectionist critiques (eg. some manufacturing unions); Third Way theorists; and neoliberal 'hyperglobalists', this paper will evaluate the theme of 'reenfranchisement' in contemporary Australian political thought. In each case, the paper identifies the particular sets of values and methods promoted to redress problems of political participation in a 'global' age. In so doing, it seeks to highlight the way competing meanings of 'globalisation' are articulated and employed in national political debates.
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Paper presented at the Australasian Political Studies Association Conference, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 29 September - 01 October 2004