Answering constituents in congressional offices often involves tabulating comments in a database.
Office of Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. via AP
Advancements in computer technology are changing how Congress handles citizen communication, which affects how elected officials represent their constituents.
The Supreme Court is on summer vacation, but because of John Roberts, they may have to come back.
AP/J. Scott Applewhite
Conflict made its way to the Supreme Court this past session with two cases – one about the census, the other about gerrymandering. A court scholar says the two cases are intimately connected.
Demonstrators gather outside the U.S. Supreme Courthouse in Washington, D.C., April 23, 2019.
The political implications of the citizenship question made this case politically volatile and controversial – even for the Supreme Court.
All together now?
Major US environmental organizations have promised to diversify their staffs and boards for more than 20 years, but moved slowly. Will workplace scandals make a difference?
People waited outside the Supreme Court in 2013 to listen to the Shelby County, Ala. v. Holder voting rights case.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci
When no one in Mississippi wins a majority of votes in an election, the legislature chooses the winner. This has led to white men winning over and over.
MP Pat Dodson could be the next minister for Indigenous Affairs if Labor wins the federal election, a first for a First Nations person.
Few First Nations candidates have succeeded in getting elected to parliament, but it is clear that when they do, they can make a substantial difference.
Women of color hold more professional and managerial jobs today than they did in 1996.
White men have historically and disproportionately held official, managerial and professional occupations. But women and people of color are slowly gaining.
Research shows that Instagram photos tagged with #eatingdisorderrecovery tend to feature thin, young, white, women. They also show stylized versions of food, reflecting a certain class status and engagement with “foodie” cultures.
Instagram can offer a supportive online community to people recovering from eating disorders. It can also reinforce stereotypes of eating disordered bodies.
The Shahrouk family bring Lebanese food to Family Food Fight.
Screenshot from Nine
There are more people of Middle Eastern heritage on Australian commercial TV than ever before - in drama, cooking, and Gogglebox.
How often are stories about wealthy lawyers and surgeons told? Marta Dusseldorp in ABC’s Janet King.
Why do so many Australian TV dramas depict the lives of professionals when there is plenty of real drama for those living from one paycheck to the next?
Ever wondered how the US president is actually elected? Here is a basic guide to the electoral college system.
Recent Senate reforms will make first preferences much more important at this year’s election.
The Australian parliament is not a very representative place – but the bigger problems is the poor quality of its deliberations.
Unless councillors are helped to focus on their representative roles, local democracy’s effectiveness could be in danger.
If local councils are bigger and councillors represent more residents, it is important that they focus on understanding their communities’ needs and aspirations, rather than on day-to-day operations.
It is great news that we have moved well beyond the single story of the starving African but we do not want to fall into a binary trap and adopt another unfortunate stereotype in its place.
Depictions of Africa used to be the relentless negative image of suffering and impoverished victims. but now there is a new narrative, ‘Africa Rising’.
A train passes through the Kibera slum of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. Representations of Africa tend to focus on these kinds of depictions.
Reuters/Darrin Zammit Lupi
For decades, media representations of African poverty have been of disease, disaster, conflict, and poverty and have coloured how the rest of the world views Africa.
Australia is a multicultural country, but is that represented in local government?
All politics is local. Coined by Byron Pierce and popularised by legendary US Speaker of the House of Representatives Tip O'Neill, it’s a truism that applies universally. With a referendum on the constitutional…