The US hit the debt ceiling in March and is expected to run out of ways to get around the new $22 trillion limit by September. An economist explains why the ceiling is a dysfunctional relic.
President Trump has unilaterally raised tariffs and sparked trade wars, all without consulting Congress. A century ago, the roles were reversed.
Labor's plan for an Evaluator General could be a big change to the way we evaluate and test government policy. We just have to get the details right.
The Constitution gives Congress the power over the executive branch, which it's free to flex.
Although US debt may be at eye-popping levels, an economist explains why it shouldn't keep you up at night.
The shutdown poses a very real threat to preparedness for future emergencies, such as natural disasters and disease outbreaks.
The current government shutdown is now the longest in American history, affecting about 800,000 federal employees.
Because many Americans live paycheck to paycheck, the loss of even one can be a big financial blow for a family.
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.
Despite intermittent calls to remove them, state governments provide important checks on federal power, and a number of difficult, vital services for the communities they serve.
Twenty years ago, Matthew Shepard was brutally murdered for being gay. A lawyer who helped implement hate crime legislation in Shepard's name reflects on its strengths and limitations.
State governments in Nigeria are increasingly playing the role reserved for the federal government.
A battle over the Second Amendment is exactly the wrong way to think about the government's role in the firearms industry.
Housing affordability has declined significantly over the past few decades. Slowly reducing negative gearing and capital gains, and switching to property taxes, could reverse this trend.
The Productivity Commission has recommended reform to the relationship between the federal and state governments. Here are three areas that demand it.
Is the Federal Emergency Management Agency ready for the new era of disasters?
The US government has long shown a hiring preference for veterans. But because of the demographics of the US military, this has limited the federal workforce's diversity.
An FBI historian tells stories from the agency's ups and downs over 109 years and four dismissed directors.
Trump's budget director singled out Meals on Wheels as a waste of federal dollars. But identifying bad ways to spend taxpayer money is harder than it sounds.
The charge for retailing electricity in Australia compares poorly other deregulated markets in Europe