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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

Increasingly friendly? Radical Right Populist Parties and the Centre-Right

How should mainstream centre-right parties treat radical right populists? Should they consider them as potential coalition partners when they represent a sizeable section of voters or should they always ostracise them on the… Continue reading

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

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