Speaker of the House Paul Ryan closes the Republican National Convention.
Party platforms help create parties, not the other way around. A political party expert explains what platforms are, why they matter and for whom.
A robot for an MP – who’d vote for that?
If a machine can write a speech for a politician, why not go the next step and replace the elected human with a programmed robot?
Too much of what we know about Africa is still coming from outside the continent.
African academics should be leading the pack when it comes to producing research and information about the continent. So what's holding them back?
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This Tuesday, March 8, is International Women’s Day. Gender biases continue and women's voices are missing from expert discussions.
A line snakes down the sidewalk at Western High School in Las Vegas during the Nevada Republican presidential caucus.
Simply by voting in a church, you're more likely to support a conservative cause or candidate.
Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, who died in 2013, wrote stories that offer students from all disciplines valuable insights about the world they want to fix one day.
Students of the social and political sciences can benefit enormously from being taught literature, short stories and watching artistic feature films.
Bonobos can inspire us to make our democracies more peaceful.
We can draw inspiration from the successes of non-humans, learn from their group decision-making and gain insights from analogies. And with every extinction of a species we lose such possibilities.
We know about the human democracy that was. We know the failings of the democracy that is. But the democracy to come is both uncertain and full of possibilities.
Mitchell Nolte (2015), used with permission
Democracy must evolve in response to the threats we pose to the environment and to ourselves. We can learn from how other species make collective decisions, solve problems and survive.
Non-human Democracy (2015) by Sandra Eterovic.
Used with permission.
Despite the popularity in other disciplines of inter-species thinking, it’s ignored in democracy research. Why is that? Why can we not conceive of democracy as anything other than uniquely human?
Benedict Anderson gives a lecture, his last, on anarchism and nationalism at University of Indonesia.
Internationally renowned scholar Benedict Anderson, who helped us understand the formation of modern communities, has died in Indonesia at 79.
Gender plays a role in what you read for courses.
Female scholars tend to assign more readings from women authors. But then male instructors assign more of their own work.
UK politics is no longer a political tango for two, as this party leaders’ debate illustrated.
Voters in the UK are again looking beyond the traditional two-party system and look set to put paid to a famous proposition of political science.
In this 2008 photograph, former ambassador to the United Kingdom Robert H Tuttle greets President George W. Bush. Prior to becoming an ambassador, Tuttle was known for his empire of car dealerships.
If you want a desirable ambassadorship, becoming a Foreign Service Officer and earning the relevant degrees – in other words, accumulating experience – might not be the best plan of action.
Left … right … where’s the centre?
There was a bit of talk over the last election cycle, expressed in the usual language of political left and right, about returning the pendulum to the “sensible centre”. Sounds a good idea, but what does…
Back in 2003 as Workplace Relations Minister Tony Abbott was already providing comedy gold.
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Spoiler alert: This article is not very funny. At first glance, Australian PM Tony Abbott is God’s gift to political comedy. Like George Bush Jr he gives at the personal level: his swimmers and his vocal…
Leave “wicked” to the witches and let’s get on with the job of policy research.
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Wicked problems, so we are told, are everywhere. Climate change, conflict, an ageing population, obesity… the list goes on. The debate over asylum seekers, difficult and important and politically charged…
Opposition leader Tony Abbott has had a good political year but is the political wind shifting against him?
At the start of the year Prime Minister Julia Gillard promised that 2011 would be a year of “decision and delivery”. Despite such a grand vision, the majority of the year was a shocker for the government…