Having called a snap election for October 22, Japanese Prime Minister now faces a tough battle against a charisimatic new-comer in Yoriko Koike.
New Zealanders have given the centre-right National Party a fourth consecutive term in office, despite a strong showing from Labour's Jacinda Ardern.
A new book attempts to cloak Tony Abbott in a political philosophy, but is not entirely convincing.
Secular people, including atheists, in Indonesia have to assume multiple identities: they step into a religious persona for the religious family and friends, and a real one for trusted peers.
There has been much attention paid to the widespread resurgence of populism. Restorationism in Western democracies is a subset of this.
Malcolm Turnbull's claim that Robert Menzies' party was meant to be one of the 'sensible centre' has some validity – but it may also be that that centre has shifted significantly, too.
Looking like a centrist, but governing as a conservative, Angela Merkel has cleared the decks before the coming German election.
Christianity plays a relatively minor role in Australian politics. Instead, it takes the guise of a general cultural conservatism, as demonstrated by the same-sex marriage and school funding debates.
Sky News Australia has two personalities: straight-down-the-line news service during day; right-wing warrior mouthpiece at night.
Bernardi’s defection from the Liberal Party this week is less important in itself than what it says about a wider trend towards a fracturing of Australian politics.
Indian elites' extravagant weddings are a show of strength, a glamorised return to traditions, and a celebration of social conservatism.
The Republicans' hardline 1964 candidate famously said that 'extremism in the defence of liberty is no vice'. Sound familiar?
In the last 12 months, under the leadership of an eastern suburbs small-l liberal, the Liberal Party has decided it wants to look more like the party of Hewson than the party of Howard.
After a year of trying to bring him down, the Republican Party will rally behind Donald Trump this week – sort of.
New research explains why habitat loss means male willow warblers now outnumber females – and that's bad news for the species.
Pauline Hanson and her party will potentially be a divisive presence in the next parliament. The challenge, for a potential Coalition government in particular, will be just how to handle her.
Several recently reported cross-cultural studies show the correlation between social conservatism and intelligence is lower than previously thought.
The decline in Malcolm Turnbull’s popularity and the increasingly explicit critiques of his leadership have raised the question of whether the Liberal Party has a unifying ideology.
Ultra-conservatism has a rich and complex history within Australian parties, and Malcolm Turnbull has the difficult task of balancing the more extreme elements of his party with his own liberal views.
Sarah Palin may have been relegated to the fringe, but Trump needs the fringe to win.