The government's decision not to delay the elections is driven mostly by economic reasons, though political factors also come into play.
An open candidate selection process would provide less incentive for the issuance of material benefits to only a few delegates while the constituency is neglected.
Functional political debates, like healthy democracies, require participants who respect the process and follow mutually agreed-upon rules.
His populist style made Winston Peters the kingmaker in New Zealand politics, but a new kind of populism may dethrone him in 2020.
'I don't like the candidates,' 'I don't know enough to make a decision,' 'I don't want to give this election legitimacy' – an ethicist takes on nonvoters.
During the MMP era, the average vote share of the highest-polling party has been steadily climbing — with big implications for New Zealand democracy.
Some presidents have lied for honorable reasons, while for others the lies have been simply self-serving.
It's easy to edit video of public figures to make them appear asleep, confused, drunk or cognitively impaired when they are not. The technique is being used to undermine Joe Biden's campaign.
No, it's not the TV news networks. The American election certification process is a lot more complicated than that.
Many political issues in the 2020 US election are domestic. But black resistance to white supremacy has long had global repercussions.
International observation will not insulate controversial polls – such as Tanzania's in October – from malpractices, but will make them less likely and allow them to be exposed.
About half of environmental scientists working for government had been prohibited from communicating scientific information.
Fighting populism requires us to recognise its embeddedness in business elites. Viktor Orbán's regime is a case in point.
Politicians and law enforcement engage in uncivil behaviour that undermines democratic society. Civility is a pre-requisite for empathy, and is essential for difficult conversations.
A coup may be a quick fix for a problem leader, but history shows that coups beget more coups.
Branch stacking raises broader questions about the health of our political parties. There are alternative forms of representation that could bring ordinary Australians into the political system again.
Changing the voting age from 18 would allow more young citizens to make voting a habit before they lose interest in politics.
Some MPs will be be allowed to attend the chamber via video link this week. This is a 'big leap' when it comes to improving access to parliament.
In a country with 135 ethnic minorities, democratic elections have little meaning if the stateless, persecuted Rohingya people continue to be ethnically cleansed.
There is a trend in policy advocacy that pushes back progress and limits women's freedom of choice.