Elections are supposed to hold politicians accountable: Officials who fear losing their seat will work harder for voters. But in some countries, political competition actually makes government worse.
The true number of people who do not favor either of the two major political parties in the US has actually remained stable in recent years.
The victory of a Democratic Socialist in a New York primary will not lead to the dictatorship of the proletariat. It's an incremental addition to the long history of moderate socialism in the US.
Male and female lawmakers differ in their reasoning why women struggle in winning elections. They also have different opinions about the legitimacy and effectiveness of the gender quota policy.
The recent elections in Tasmania, South Australia and the byelection in Batman have left an impression that the advance of the minor parties has stalled. This is not necessarily the case.
New research on Latin America's four recent female presidents disproves the idea that merely putting a woman in power will improve gender equality.
The annual February festival of lampooning the largest visible donor lulls Australians into a false sense of security that there is a functioning political donations disclosure regime in place.
Indonesia obliges political parties to have at least 30% of women candidates in their legislative candidates list. But then why this hasn't significantly increase women's electability?
We want our children to flourish. To ensure that they do, we need to help them develop their sense of good and evil, justice and injustice. Engaging in politics is crucial to this development.
Setting targets is one way to attain more female MPs, but it must be accompanied by cultural change.
At a time when our political future is uncertain, the only way to guarantee change is to do it yourself.
If we ban all donations from individuals and corporations, funding for political campaigns must come from elsewhere.
It's time South Africa stopped stereotyping its young people as being disinterested and morally bankrupt and started engaging them.
Making manifesto promises is a misleading trend that is distorting the role of politicians and parliament
It's the biggest financial penalty ever paid by a British political party. Here's how the story unfolded.
Disclosures add to transparency. They allow us to follow the money and scrutinise who has made large donations. But mere disclosure does not remedy the inequity in Australia’s current system.
In a complex media environment, it's become incredibly difficult for the neutral press to point out Donald Trump's lies without having that information discounted as partisan bias.
Could Trump bring a new, unifying approach to negotiating to Washington? His outsider status may present an opportunity to mend fences, says an expert in governance.
Social scientists investigate when and why liberals and conservatives mistrust science. The apparent split may be more about cultural and personal beliefs than feelings about science itself.
Debate over trade and immigration have caused rifts within parties this year. An international relations expert explains how these global issues will continue to challenge our two-party system.