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Do Australians want parties to fulfil their election promises? Not as much as listening to people or experts.

This post is based on Voters’ preferences for party representation: Promise-keeping, responsiveness to public opinion or enacting the common good recently published in the International Political Science Review. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0192512118787430 Annika Werner is Research… Continue reading

Female Comediennes are Changing Politics

They say, ‘laughter is the best medicine.’ This is true in politics as well as daily life. In fact, the rules of laughter (when are we allowed to laugh, how much can you… Continue reading

Senate vacancy rules, turnover and the party professionalisation of the Senate

Senate casual vacancies are not rare occurrences in Australia.  Since 1901, there have been some 140 such events. The first senate casual vacancy arose within less than 18 months of the establishment of… Continue reading

Alt-Right Memes and Clive Palmer’s Return to Politics

Former federal MP Clive Palmer has never been shy of the spotlight. In his latest effort to revive his political career, the embattled mining magnate, has taken a distinctive turn to the far… Continue reading

The Development of Semi-Parliamentarism in Australia

One thing that struck me recently when I was re-reading Fred Daly’s memoirs From Curtin to Kerr (1977) was his view that the Senate was essentially irrelevant to day to day Australian politics. … Continue reading

Australia’s Federal Political Donations Disclosure Regime is Worse Than Most Realize

At the federal level, only 10- 15% of political donations are transparently declared by our political parties. This was the major finding of my research recently published in Australian Journal of Public Administration.… Continue reading

Up against the limits of the politics of recognition

In 2018 questions of national belonging and cultural identity are shaking our political institutions. The resurgence of nativist nationalism forces us to ask where cultural recognition ends and xenophobic arrogance begins. Are fears… 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

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

Election Nerds: How the West was won, or how Labor won in the WA State election

In which the Nerds dissect the 2017 Western Australian state election, looking at the context of the outgoing Liberal government, the campaign and key issues, players and results, and the incoming ALP government,… Continue reading