• Mapping out policy priorities for states and territories 

    Open Forum     |      October 29, 2018

    State and territory governments can always do more to improve the lives of Australians but a new Grattan Institute State Scorecard shows how outcomes vary between states across a broad range of areas.

  • Fascism has not returned to Europe

    Mike Scrafton     |      October 14, 2018

    Were fascism to ascend again in Europe, international security would be menaced and the liberal international order be even more imperilled. However, Europe’s current far-right parties fail to meet the minimum fascist criteria.

  • On the side of the angels?

    Graeme Dobell     |      October 9, 2018

    Nations are never angelic, but in these fraught and disruptive times, the smart national interest should be to stand on the side of the angels.

  • Modernising the governance of Australian cities

    Richard Tomlinson     |      September 28, 2018

    Australia needs innovative metropolitan governance for our cities in order to effectively tackle increasingly complex global issues – lessons that have already been learnt overseas.

  • What to expect from the U.N. General Assembly

    Richard Gowan     |      September 25, 2018

    Donald Trump’s words on Iran and North Korea stole the show during last year’s UNGA. In this year’s agenda, is constructive diplomacy possible?

  • Who’s in the room? Access and influence in Australian politics

    Open Forum     |      September 24, 2018

    Powerful and well-resourced business groups, unions and not-for-profits are influencing policy in Australia to serve their interests, sometimes at the expense of the public interest, a new Grattan Institute report has found.

  • A visit to Pyongyang: the Kim dynasty’s homage to Stalinism

    Colin Alexander     |      September 9, 2018

    The ruling dynasty in North Korea have not only learned from Stalin’s grim example, but have taken it to a gold-plated extreme. However, like the Soviet dictator and the regime he led, every despot is destined to fall in the end.

  • Turmoil in Trumpland

    Barbara Keys     |      September 8, 2018

    Tumult is the Trump administration’s middle name – and never more so than in the last few days. However the latest revelations about President Trump’s erratic behaviour and chaotic White House may only further endear him to his supporter base.

  • Political leadership cannot be disentangled from collective psychology

    Andrew Frain     |      September 4, 2018

    Much has been made of individual motives for revenge in recent political turmoil, but collective psychology underlines that people behave as members of a collective as well as individuals.

  • The strength of soft power

    Graeme Dobell     |      September 3, 2018

    Soft power is a slow-growing asset, as much the product of a society as the possession of a government. But, as a twittering US president shows, destroying trust and burning a nation’s soft power can be done with awful speed.

  • The high costs of our destructive coup culture

    Michelle Grattan     |      September 1, 2018

    There are no easy ways to rid ourselves of the coup culture, or to force tin-eared politicians to lift their game. But it wouldn’t hurt for more people to follow the example of those in the community leadership program and remind their MPs of their KPIs.

  • 4 reforms to improve leadership stability

    Heath Pickering     |      August 31, 2018

    Australian prime ministers now struggle to survive a term in office, falling at the hands of their own nervous MPs before they can face the electorate a second time. How could party rules to changed to ease the churn of the top job in the country?