On September 15, 2012, a protest in Sydney by Salafi Muslims against an ‘anti-Islam’ film ended in violent confrontations with police.
One Nation has built on the racism of its original anti-Asian platform by linking Australia's secular society to its Christian origins and presenting Islam as incompatible with this way of life.
Italians voted “No” by a convincing margin in the referendum on constitutional change.
In a climate of widespread discontent with Italy's political establishment, a new election might wipe out most of the parties in the current government coalition.
Yes or no? Italian voters decide on December 4.
To understand whether the referendum will plunge Italy into a crisis, we need to unpack the problem in its three essential components: the reform; the Renzi's factor; and the country’s economy.
Matteo Renzi selfie.
After 1992, the transformation of the Italian left was slow and subtle, but by no means less detrimental to the quality of the country’s democratic system.
Global media systems cannot effectively contribute to social progress until opportunities are more widely shared.
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Global media systems cannot effectively contribute to social progress until opportunities not just for access, but also for active participation, are more widely shared.
A portrait of US President-elect Donald Trump guards a residential backyard in Iowa, complete with lights and security cameras.
The better-to-do and the established of civil and political society have become complacent and deaf to 'those at the bottom'. The working class has gone over to the right-wing populists.
A disempowering judgment by the Special Court for Sierra Leone should not blind us to how local activists still made use of its symbolic power.
How are we to understand why people in different parts of the world continue to demand and participate in transitional justice institutions and processes in spite of the shortcomings?
Donald Trump descends the escalator at Trump Tower to announce he will run for president.
Your victory, Mr Trump, is and always will be remembered as the best possible example of the true and incomparable wisdom of the people.
Donald Trump in New Mexico.
Donald Trump is the latest example of populism's return to the global political landscape. Nine scholars from seven countries examine the link between populism and democracy.
Donald Trump is often described as a populist leader.
In this special The Conversation project, scholars and commentators from around the world examine the rise of populism, and its implications, now and into the future.
Silvio Berlusconi’s rise to power, hand in hand with his monopoly of mainstream media, made the Internet the favourite harbour for nonaligned audiences and dissident voices.
Protestants hold a Sunday service in the open air in Jakarta. Their efforts to erect their own church buildings have been blocked by hardline Muslim groups.
Truth’s victory over hate propaganda is neither automatic nor preordained. It requires a commitment to equal rights and norms of tolerance.
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The strengthening of civil society during the last two decades is probably one of the most unpredicted consequences of Berlusconi’s legacy.
To date, Donald Trump’s campaign has offered us a powerful blend of hope and horror.
Utopia and dystopia are combined in current political thinking, from Donald Trump to the universal basic income.
This article is part of the Democracy Futures series, a joint global initiative with the Sydney Democracy Network. The project aims to stimulate fresh thinking about the many challenges facing democracies…
1992 was one of the worst years in Italy’s recent history: mafia's bombs, corruption scandals and the rise of Berlusconi to power.
What do you call a democracy that depends on the exclusion of whole groups from political participation?
Democracy today contains within itself impulses towards both inclusion and exclusion. Spinoza's thinking on aristocracy should alert us to how democratic rule by the people can be hollowed out.
Australia needs to recapture the urgency felt in the early 20th century about achieving an honourable and just settlement with Indigenous people.
There is a deep connection between past and present in Indigenous affairs in Australia.
Clinton vs Trump 2016.
What if, then, come November 8, millions of Americans cast a different vote? What if, come November 8, Americans decide to take the road less travelled?
The Labour elite doesn’t think Jeremy Corbyn has what it takes to make it in Westminster.
Labour reformers toyed with the image of democratic participation without realising what it would actually lead to – a democratic debate. But the next step is not to backpedal against democracy.