Tag Archive: Political participation

Not so grassroots: how the snowflake model is transforming political campaigns

This article is part of the Democracy Futures series, a joint global initiative with the Sydney Democracy Network. The project aims to stimulate fresh thinking about the many challenges facing democracies in the… Continue reading

Why aren’t we watching political debates?

Here’s a trick question. Just past the halfway mark of the eight-week federal election campaign, how many leaders’ debates have taken place, or been scheduled, before the July 2 polling day? Election debates… Continue reading

Many young people aren’t enrolled to vote – but are we asking them the wrong question?

As soon as the 2016 federal election was called, the race was on to find those who are dragging their heels to the ballot box. While nearly one million eligible Australians are not… 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

The Australian Greens: from activism to Australia’s third party

  Australia has long had a near duopoly in political parties operating in the federal sphere. In part echoing Duverger’s law, in part structured by the collection of conservative parties under two distinct… Continue reading

New forms of political participation: what’s new, if anything?

There is no doubt that the nature of political participation is changing in liberal democracy. At first, many researchers argued that the main feature of this change was an increase in political apathy.… Continue reading