A Tale of Two Sister (Parties)

In the field of centre-left and social democratic politics, arguably the most high-profile ideational development in recent years was the emergence of the so-called ‘third way’ in the late 1990s. For a short… Continue reading

Time for debate over party regulation?

The current inquiry by the federal parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (JCSEM) into the conduct of the 2016 federal election should be an opportunity for real debate over party regulation.  Despite… Continue reading

Staking out a new agenda for studying think tanks

Think tanks are a source of interest for scholars and the media alike. Whether it is the Institute for Public Affairs in Australia (IPA), the Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA), the Adam Smith… 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

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