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Brexit and the election of US President Donald Trump represented seismic shifts to the established political order. Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Understanding populism: how leaders can better sell economic reform

While populism is considered a threat to democracy, there are in fact lessons our leaders can learn from the experience of populism in other countries.
Paul Keating took the prime ministership with a ‘comprehensive plan to get the country cracking’, but the task was daunting. National Archives of Australia

Cabinet papers 1992-93: the balance of head and heart

Labor’s project of economic transformation hit some harder realities as Paul Keating assumed the top job. And a new push on remaking Australia stirred a brooding reaction of its own.
Cubans were jubilant when president Barack Obama visited the island in March, but economic reforms have not progressed in line with the people’s hopes of change. Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Is Cuba’s reform going in reverse?

In spite of rapprochement with the US, Cuban president Raúl Castro has put his reform agenda on hold. Why the delay?
The global economy may be more fragile than at any time since the financial crisis, Malcolm Turnbull said today. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

The electorate has spoken, but Turnbull’s speech shows he hasn’t listened

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's first major post-election economic speech revealed not a hint of awareness that large swathes of the electorate had been unpersuaded by his major policy programs.

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