When the Glass Ceiling is made of Concrete: Women’s Political Participation in South Asia

As the first female US presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton had brought about wide anticipation that a woman President in the world’s most powerful democracy was within reach. Much was written about the expected… Continue reading

Rage against the machine: time to rethink our electoral systems?

Young people are increasingly becoming disinterested and disengaged with mainstream electoral politics. While this trend cannot yet be classified as long term, it raises an interesting point of why young people are turning… Continue reading

Parliamentary divergence – the path to political dysfunction

The Senate has always constituted something of a challenge to Federal governments wanting to implement their legislative programmes.  However, that is how it should be, surely – the Senate is supposed to operate… Continue reading

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