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Bill Shorten will seek to elevate the issue of a republic by pledging. a policy for quick action. Julian Smith/AAP

Shorten pledges republic vote in first term

Bill Shorten's policy for quick action on a republic contrasts with Malcolm Turnbull's position.
British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Tuesday for an early election. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Theresa May’s snap election gamble, explained

Wondering how the U.K. government can just decide to dissolve itself and call for a general election? As our expert explains, it's not uncommon.
What do you call a democracy that depends on the exclusion of whole groups from political participation? Gaia/Wikipedia Commons

What’s in a name? How a democracy becomes an aristocracy

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.

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