The 2021 local government elections signals widespread disillusionment with representative democracy that only a sea change in service delivery can fix.
The election results raise the real possibility that the ANC could be looking at another defeat in the 2024 general elections.
The increased and diverse number of contestants shows a citizenry that is unwilling to leave its fate in the hands of ineffective incumbents.
Democratic freedoms alone are not adequate safeguards for the media’s anti-corruption work.
Allegations that World Bank officials manipulated country rankings in its much-used ease of doing business index highlight a deeper problem with these types of rankings.
President Alpha Condé’s pursuit of mining interests during the Ebola crisis may have foreshadowed his demise as he tightened his grip over power and plundered the state’s wealth.
Lebanon is in the depths of one of the worst financial crises in history.
Politics with Michelle Grattan: Former judge Stephen Charles slams government’s integrity commission model.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Former Victorian judge Stephen Charles as he attacks the weakness of the Morrison Governments model for an integrity commission
The judge responsible for authorising the covert monitoring of communications has found that claims by journalists that they were being spied on were credible.
The New South Wales ICAC’s remit has changed over the years to investigate more minor breaches by public officials. This can caused confusion and will undermine its effectiveness.
The lack of responsibility in her resignation was uncharacteristic for a premier known for her clear policy objectives, accountability and delivery.
South Australia has shown other Australian jurisdictions what not to do with their anti-corruption bodies, especially the proposed federal integrity commission.
Corruption and fraud make a few rich households richer. But the already poor and low-skilled lose their jobs and become poorer.
The extent of democracy capture varies markedly between countries. It’s much higher in states such as Zimbabwe, where the government has never changed hands.
South Africa’s political parties would do well to learn from Ireland, where the three largest political parties negotiated a coalition treaty that stipulated mechanisms for conflict resolution.
The ANC did not create most of the patterns for which it is blamed. But it has done far too little to change them and often seems happy simply to live with them.
Exactly when the ANC’s reign will end rides on what the party does or does not do between now and its elective conference in 2022.
Serious allegations cannot just be left swinging in the breeze as ‘unproven’ when the initiating process that hangs them out there is your own investigation.
A new study involving extensive interviews with dozens of directors shows that they see their roles as more about supporting executives, not challenging them.
Zambia’s new president will have to balance austerity and the high expectations of the many unemployed young people and struggling people who voted for him.