• Politics means never having to say you’re sorry

    Richard Holden     |      June 30, 2020

    We judge the competency of politicians by what they say and do, and this creates perverse incentives for even competent politicians to refuse to admit mistakes.

  • Arvanitakis on American politics: Three key developments this week

    James Arvanitakis     |      May 30, 2020

    Another frenetic week in American politics has seen gaffes from Joe Biden, urban rioting and a twitter temper tantrum from President Trump, but the most significant development may be China’s power grab in Hong Kong.

  • Bridging the divide in American politics

    Jake Sandler     |      March 19, 2020

    Attempts to bridge the stark divisions in American politics will become more important than ever in the common fight against coronavirus. Here’s some practical, bipartisan ways in which this can be done.

  • Time for political performance reviews?

    Jake Sandler     |      January 31, 2020

    Let’s embrace the idea we should manage politicians like an executive manages their direct reports. Let’s acknowledge we have not only the power but the responsibility to give feedback, hire the best leaders and fire poor performers.

  • Cultural values and democracy

    Open Forum     |      December 5, 2019

    The relationship of cultural values and democracy is a ‘chicken and egg’ conundrum, does one rely on the other, or are they inter-dependent? New research on political trust may shed light on the answer.

  • Remembering Tim Fischer

    Tim Harcourt     |      August 27, 2019

    Former Austrade chief economist Tim Harcourt reflects on the passing of the quirky and kind Tim Fischer.

  • Hatred is no substitute for strategy

    Susan Rhodes     |      December 15, 2018

    Controversial political leaders such as US President Donald Trump stir up strong feelings in their opponents, but a calm and rational approach to political debate, rather than a surfeit of passion, is the best way to strengthen the democratic process.

  • Tinkering can achieve a lot. Politics isn’t broken

    Emily Millane     |      November 7, 2018

    Today’s politicians are often criticised for failing to deliver the bold, sweeping reforms of their predecessors, but in reality much of the progress in our political and social systems comes through gradual and incremental change.

  • Penny Wong on courage and political change

    Shaun Carney     |      November 4, 2018

    The McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership aims to recognise political leaders who’ve driven positive change and Labor senator Penny Wong hopes it will help politics reconnect with a disgruntled electorate.

  • The rise of the female independent

    Tony Nagy     |      October 28, 2018

    Whilst it is early days, there are certainly some interesting takeouts from the surprise victory of Dr Kerryn Phelps in the recent Wentworth byelection.

  • 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.

  • 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.