Beyond the bubble: How leaders connect constructively to diverse publics

Today political leaders around the globe are increasingly seeking direct input from affected publics. This is especially the case for elected officials engaged in local and regional politics where citizen engagement tends to… Continue reading

Political Unionism in the 21st Century: Women, care and social democracy 

For the past 30 years we have all heard about union decline. Membership has collapsed. Labour markets have been decentralized. The Labor Party has even moved to weaken union influence at National Conference… Continue reading

Measuring Fieldwork: Data-driven Campaigning in the 2016 Election

Data-driven fieldwork is rapidly emerging as a significant form of election campaigning in Australia. The recent double dissolution campaign set a new high water mark, with no fewer than six separate fieldwork campaigns… Continue reading

Reforming in Australia: increasing the representativeness of the Australian Senate

Prior to the 2016 federal election held on 2 July, the Coalition demonstrated a rare degree of collaboration with the Greens and passed changes to reform the electoral process for the Senate. This… Continue reading

What’s in a ranking? Considering the implications of the 2016 draft APSA journal rankings

At the moment I am revising my chapter on Qualitative Methods for the fourth edition of the text-book Theory and Methods in Political Science. Today I was also invited to referee a paper… Continue reading

The Political Resurrection of One Nation – the 2016 Federal Election

At the 2016 Federal election One Nation experienced a political resurrection of the first order with the election of four of its candidates to the Australian Senate – including Hanson herself.  In Tasmania,… Continue reading

Interest Groups and the High Court of Australia

Non-party interventions can inform or influence the outcome of court cases. For example, in the Tasmanian Dams Case, the High Court permitted the Tasmanian Wilderness Society to make representations about the probable destruction… Continue reading

The decline of policy mandates

Perhaps there is no term more misused and abused in Australian politics than ‘mandate’.  When in government both the Coalition and the Labor Party insist that they have a mandate ‘from the people’,… Continue reading

The Chance of a Dangerous Adventure

About two years ago the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House surveyed the Australian cultural landscape – in terms of things prime ministerial – and started thinking about what we could… Continue reading

Epitaph for a political chancer: Cameron’s fate exemplifies the inability of UK elites to resolve long-run crises

Thirteen months ago I forecast that ‘Cameron returns now to 10 Downing Street for a maximum stay of three years, but it will be a rocky road ahead’. His reduction to another failed UK premier… Continue reading