Protests seem contagious when they erupt in several countries at the same time. But new research shows that unrest rarely spreads. It's protest symbols, like France's yellow vests, that go global.
When an elected leader turns autocratic, the economy tends to suffer. That's because, in a functioning democracy, economic policy is made jointly, with lawmakers playing a key role.
A coup seems so imminent in Venezuela that people are debating whether Maduro's overthrow would be good or bad for Venezuelan democracy. But history suggests a coup may be less likely than it seems.
A corrosive ageism in Australian politics overvalues the new, while discounting experience. If the US and UK can see the value in older politicians, why can't we?
Election campaigns inspire hope, but they can also quickly lead to political despair. A scholar says young citizens can learn how to take positive action and stay hopeful.
Venezuela's military is an armed political actor with a gun to the head of a society that is urgently demanding a return to democracy.
Even if nothing happens immediately, petitions are one of many ways we can help build long-term change.
The CICIG's investigators have highlighted corruption in the country – and its leaders don't like it.
Trump and other leaders use the word 'crisis' to claim there's an emergency that demands urgent action. A leadership expert explains how to evaluate those claims.
Aid has never been just about helping people. It's also about gaining influence and exercising soft power.
Under 10 percent of new Citi Bike and Divvy bike docks are sited where residents suggested using interactive online maps, a new study shows. But that doesn't mean city officials weren't listening.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has transformed from a liberal into an authoritarian leader who uses the tools of democracy to attack civil society. Hungarians are protesting in the streets.
Many states are arguing over how to draw district lines. But drawing legislative district lines is an exercise in tradeoffs.
Elections are supposed to hold politicians accountable: Officials who fear losing their seat will work harder for voters. But in some countries, political competition actually makes government worse.
If DRC's elections go ahead the climate isn't conducive for a peaceful or free electoral journey.
In the last year, workplace culture faced major upheaval for working women. We at The Conversation put together our reporting on that very topic from 2018.
Popular wisdom may be popular, but sometimes it's downright wrong. Five stories from The Conversation's 2018 politics coverage interrogate popular wisdom – and find it lacking.
Incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo may have won hearts among potential voters by building roads, airports and ports, but his opponents can still bring him down with other issues.
Democracies survive if political norms and traditions are upheld. So the recent actions of GOP legislators in Wisconsin and other states to hamstring incoming Democrats put democracy at risk.
The Parthenon has been seen as central to the history of Western civilisation. But the building has a troubled past that is somewhat at odds with our ideas of democratic values.