The coronavirus crisis has given experts and specialists worldwide a lot of power. As countries like New Zealand begin to recover, we need to question that power more than ever.
A radio announcer at work.
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News-making practices in private radio broadcasting in Ghana need a re-think.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli waves as he attends a ceremony marking the country’s 58th independence anniversary in 2019.
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His COVID-19 response has thrown the negative aspects of his presidency into sharp relief.
Public servants are supposed to be apolitical. But there is a difficult line to walk between their freedom of speech as citizens and impartiality as government officials.
Emily Klancher Merchant, a historian of science and technology at the University of California at Davis, shares some of the most interesting stories behind the 2020 census questionnaire
Innovative ideas during the lockdown could protect democracy and make it stronger and more inclusive.
A member of the military in Manilla, Philippines with wrapped sachets of “holy host” as the country goes into quarantine during the COVID-19 crisis.
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An external shock such as coronavirus merely presses pause on conflicts and offers little hope for solutions.
Young Minnesota voters cast their ballots on March 3, before the coronavirus outbreak really set in for the U.S.
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Young voters are important to the continuity of democracy because voting at a young age leads to continued voting throughout life. This year more than most, they'll have a hard time getting started.
Hungarian police officers check cars at the closed Austria-Hungary border, March 18, 2020.
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National emergencies allow for the purest expressions of sovereign power, testing the government’s commitment to human rights. Some leaders are failing the coronavirus test, experts say.
Democracy 2025 - How does Australia compare: what makes a leading democracy? With Michelle Grattan, Mark Evans and Ian Chubb.
In this special hour long podcast presented by Mark Evans, professor of governance and director of Democracy 2025, the panel discusses Australian democracy with Emeritus Professor Ian Chubb and Michelle Grattan.
The government now has the power to do whatever it deems necessary to manage the crisis, effectively for an unlimited period of time.
The 'war cabinet' is vital in a time of crisis, with the federal and state governments all having a say. And once the crisis has passed, parliament will resume its normal function.
Counting Americans is a complicated process.
The 2020 census will now count some groups differently than it has in the past. That could make a difference in the final count – affecting which states receive funding and congressional seats.
The 20-week adjournment of parliament will harm our capacity to fight the virus and subverts Australia's identity as a parliamentary democracy.
Despite the 2015 terrorist attack in Sousse, Tunisia, shown in this photo, the north African country remains a relatively safe country for investors compared to some of its neighbours.
Those who conduct business in Tunisia consider it a low-risk security environment compared to some of its neighbours in North Africa and the Middle East.
Pro-China counter-protesters, wearing red, shout down a man in a black shirt during a rally for Hong Kong in Vancouver in August 2019. The University of British Columbia is taking measures to enhance respectful dialogue over Hong Kong divisions.
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Improving the China-Canada diplomatic relationship is fraught with hurdles, but it's not impossible. At minimum, we must understand the root cause of the problem from multiple vantage points.
Benny Gantz: due to be named prime minister-designate.
Benjamin Netanyahu's rival, Benny Gantz, has improved his chances of becoming prime minister of Israel.
Despite voter dissatisfaction with the Republican and Democratic parties, they are likely to persist.
Despite the fact that only 38% of Americans say they think the Democratic and Republican parties are doing 'an adequate job,' they're unlikely to disappear.
For years, Craigslist operated out of an old Victorian house in San Francisco, before moving out in 2010.
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Remember when websites didn't rely on user data for profit margins, when values like anonymity and transparency were celebrated?
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The most popular broadcast medium in Ghana has gone through a politically fuelled evolution that has strengthened it.