Voters line up in Nigeria’s recent election. It was deemed free, fair and relatively peaceful.
Compared to other parts of the world, Africa is not a high-flyer in the area of election management. This can be attributed to the scourge of violence, fraud, corruption and intimidation.
How often do politicians lie?
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There may be only one way to tell the truth, but there are at least five ways to "lie." And our politicians seem to be the master of this art. A scholar decides to teach this to his students.
Too often, we think of "democracy" as what happens during an election campaign – but it goes much deeper than that.
Does relentlessly criticising Australia’s human rights record risk doing more harm than good?
Australia's human rights record isn't perfect, but it still good. if Australians aren't able to take some pride in that and be inspired to do even better, over-the-top criticism could backfire.
‘A smiley face? Seriously?’
Counting tens of thousands of paper votes is no small task. How does the UK get it done?
Corporate interests and wealthy individuals reckon they can turn a profit by cajoling politicians round to their way of thinking. So how can the humble electorate hope to respond?
The sun never sets on the British electorate.
The millions of Britons living abroad have a lot to gain or lose from this election. But will they bother to vote?
Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras and Pablo Iglesias of Podemos have taken their populist parties to victory in Greece and a lead in the polls in Spain.
The rise of left-wing populism challenges those who flatly denounced right-wing populism as undemocratic. Populism can appear as a democratic force in some contexts and anti-democratic in others.
More than 20 years ago, two American academics, Max Singer and Aaron Wildavsky, wrote about what they described as The Real World Order: Zones of Peace/Zones of Turmoil. As is the way with such things…
On the trail.
Turkey's president is meant to be a non-partisan, ceremonial figure – but Recep Erdogan is openly asking voters to hand him more power.
‘I’m busy that day anyway, chaps, so don’t worry about ole Nick’.
The debate shambles has reached its climax and guess who drew the short straw.
Vote Ed, get an interesting new fashion accessory.
The news today that Ed Milband has ruled out forming a coalition with the SNP may come too late to limit the impact of the latest Tory attempt to illustrate that the Labour leader is a political lightweight…
Under former president Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan was little more than a ‘vertically integrated criminal organisation’, according to a new book.
Corruption can directly contribute to the growth of the very forces the world’s security agencies are desperately trying to contain and combat.
Ready to crack down.
A new security law working its way through Turkey's parliament could radically reduce police impunity.
Call of Duty: Ballot Box.
This question goes to the heart of how we can ensure that our society is a just one.
Not all it’s cracked up to be.
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Don't believe the hype about free trade, there are zero guarantees it will make us better off.
Can the West look the Dalai Lama in the eye?
Liberal values are under siege around the world. Their most dogged defender must not be left out in the cold.
A number of supporters of Joko Widodo are becoming disillusioned by his lack of power to prevent the anti-corruption agenda in Indonesia from being undermined.
Four months into his presidency, people are appalled by Jokowi's weakness in preventing efforts to undermine Indonesia's anti-graft agency.
The most serious risks to electoral integrity usually arise from disparities in political finance and media coverage during a campaign.
Many recent elections have ended with bitter disputes about electoral integrity. The issue is perhaps best exemplified by partisan divisions in the United States over Republican allegations of voter fraud…
Even by recent standards, the last few weeks have seen new levels of dysfunction, volatility and even chaos within federal and state governments. As the voters of Queensland demonstrated, there is little…