Category Archive: Political participation

Policy before party: women and political collaboration

In 2006, four women senators from different parties made history when they worked together across party lines to overturn the ministerial veto on medical abortion drug RU486. What led these women to collaborate… 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

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

Road to Rome: The organisational and political success of the M5S

The Five Star Movement (M5S) obtained two major victories in the second round of municipal elections on 19 June 2016 in Rome and Turin. Rome attracted the most international attention but it is… Continue reading

The Political Scientist’s Guide to Eurovision

Let’s start with a disclaimer. I need to confess that I’m a pretty big fan of the Eurovision Song Contest. But this is not a fan article…so read on. Since 1956, European countries… Continue reading

Behind the (Campaign) Scenes: GetUp!’s Investigative Journalism Role

Last week we learned that the ever controversial Manus Island Regional Processing (detention) Centre is set to close after Papua New Guinea’s supreme court ruled it illegal and unconstitutional. The announcement took me… Continue reading

Australian party think tanks: symptoms of party malaise or party resilience?

  Australian parties are unusual compared to their Anglo-American counterparts in having their own state funded think tanks.   There are four such entities affiliated to the main parliamentary parties at the present… Continue reading

To get what you want in Australian politics, stay well away from elections

Under the big top of Australian politics, predicting policy outcomes can feel like being strapped to the pinwheel blindfolded waiting for the knives to fall. Just take the National Disability Insurance Scheme and… Continue reading