Category Archive: research

Public servants are private citizens too: Why public servants in Australia should participate anonymously

While online communication comes with an optimism in easing access to public deliberation, this access is not universal. Barriers to online political participation and communication is commonly attributed to the digital divide –… Continue reading

When did recent campaigns against tax dodging companies peak in the UK and Australia?

  How has civil society advocacy around international tax justice issues, such as multinational corporate tax avoidance, waxed and waned after the 2008 financial crisis? Which is more mobilising: austerity policies from national… Continue reading

Australians like vaccination, and overwhelmingly think it should be mandatory

Mass childhood vaccination is one of the most important public health measures ever devised. As well as protecting vaccinated individuals, high levels of overall vaccination also protect those who can’t be vaccinated themselves.… Continue reading

Evidence from Australia: women are under-represented in senior political appointments, and this affects the representation of women in parliament

Political advisers can help shape public policy. They are also often the politicians of the future, so it matters who they are. Using Australian Ministerial directories,  Marija Taflaga and Matthew Kerby tracked men… Continue reading

Campaign finance in Australia: What are the issues and how are they perceived by citizens?

Australians increasingly feel estranged from their representatives. According to the Australian Election Study, record numbers of Australians are concerned that the government is run not for them but for ‘a few big interests’?… Continue reading

Post-democracy: does populism have a place in Britain?

For democracy to be flourishing, movements emerging from the population must, from time to time, be able to give the system a shock, writes Colin Crouch. Yet that raises questions about xenophobic populism: can… Continue reading

Economic voting and party positions: when and how wealth matters for the vote

  Does the ownership of economic assets matter for how people vote? Drawing on new research, Timothy Hellwig and Ian McAllister find the answer is yes. They argue that by changing their policy positions, parties can shape the… Continue reading

Political consumerism: buying better to free slaves?

  Modern slavery is hard to define and quantify, with public understandings of the problem often built through stories presented in news, government reports, awareness campaigns, and entertainment media. The political narrative of… Continue reading

The end of the old order? From left-right to open-closed politics

Jonathan Wheatley explains the shifting positions of voters on economic matters and matters of culture. He writes that between 2015 and 2017 support for Britain’s main parties became much more predicated on issues of… Continue reading

Policy competition between the Greens and the Australian Labor Party

How do the Australian Greens and the Labor Party each use policies to appeal to voters? Do the Labor and Liberal parties adopt broadly similar policy positions? Are the Greens just ‘tree tories’?… Continue reading