A Jacksonian Curse? Defying the Democratic ‘Lock’ on the Electoral College

President Donald Trump’s tenure in the Oval Office has extended past six months, but his surprise electoral victory and the ongoing saga of his presidency ensures the arcane electoral college system remains at… Continue reading

Ongoing problems within the Greens is a warning to all parties

The events of the past fortnight have rocked the Australian Greens in a way they have not been at any point since their entry into the Australian political scene. The dual episodes of… Continue reading

Multicultural Integration Policy: The Case for a Citizenship Test

­Is cultural and linguistic diversity a ‘threat’ to national identity? Recent debates over the Commonwealth Government’s proposed citizenship overhaul have drawn political battlelines across the process for migrant integration and what it means… Continue reading

Election Nerds: The Manchurian participants down under and the UK election (again)

In which the Nerds consider the recent media coverage of Chinese influence on Australian politics, and the outcome of the 2017 – completely unnecessary – UK national election. Your hosts: Dr Stewart Jackson,… Continue reading

Strange Bedfellows? The ideological migration of UKIP voters to Labour in the 2017 General Election

At 10pm on Thursday 8 June, British voters faced yet another political shock. Despite an overwhelming 21 percent lead (YouGov), the Conservatives failed to win enough seats to form a majority government. As… Continue reading

Representation by numbers: A statistical approach to political biography

The inner workings of democratic politics are often communicated through the narrative literary device – placing character, intrigue and dramatic flourish at the centre of political investigation. Political biography makes democratic processes fascinating… Continue reading

Tories, television and the drivers of party change

A new study on how political parties deal with changing communications technology revives unresolved debates about the drivers of party change. Can parties choose how and when to adapt to technological change –… Continue reading

Election Nerds: The Budget and elections overseas

In which the Nerds review the 2017 Australian Federal Budget and chat about recent international elections. Hosts: Dr Stewart Jackson, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney Dr Amanda Elliot, Department… Continue reading

Why the mistrust? How elite and popular perceptions of electoral integrity diverge in Australia

Many commentators lamented the ‘really long, really boring’ election campaign leading up to the Australian federal election of 2 July 2016. But despite complaints, the contest transformed into a nail-biting affair. The closeness… Continue reading

Election Nerds: The politics of work

In which the nerds discuss the direction of employment of work, the implications of changing employment around the world: what changes are coming, and how we can react to change. Hosts: Dr Amanda… Continue reading