For those who had hoped women's representation would increase following the electoral system change, results have been disappointing. Women's representation since the advent of LPV has followed the inconsistent pattern of previous elections, with small gains offset by significant setbacks.
This analysis attempts to address how key trends in Papua New Guinea's politics will impact upon both the bureaucracy and regulatory environment.
This week marks ten years since the United Nations adopted its first Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
This paper concludes that civil society organizations in Bangladesh are often politicized and co-opted by different political parties.
‘Democracy is the worst form of government,’ Winston Churchill famously said, ‘except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time’.
But democracies come in very different shapes and sizes. And they’re always evolving; sometimes in response to pressure from within...
In this Discussion Paper, I consider first the academic debate on the establishment of democracy and the role of political competition and cooperation as a background to the current Timorese government formula. This is followed by a brief historical tour of the...
Political philosophy has traditionally been concerned with the question of democratic legitimacy – the process by which the people confer the right to govern onto political representatives.
But with the rise of protest politics on the left and right alike, the people often seem...
An election is the ultimate test of any politician, but especially the party leaders. They put themselves on the line having shaped entire careers—and lives—towards the moment when voters make that harsh judgement: are you good enough to lead your nation?
Two of Australia's...
This evaluation identifies what is working and what is not in order to improve the Tonga Police Development Programme management and implementation, and achievement of results, for the remaining duration of its current phase.
Evaluates the effectiveness of New Zealand’s investment in Customs capacity building in the Pacific.
This evaluation assessed the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of the assistance provided by New Zealand Parliamentary Counsel Office to Pacific Islands’ officials responsible for drafting legislation.
In the twenty years since the end of the Cold War, Australian not-for-profits (NFPs) have found a range of ways to support societies manage transitions from warfighting postures to modes of peaceful coexistence, and from military governments to civilian-led democracies. In managing the transitions, these...
In his lecture at Sydney Ideas, Peter Katzenstein, one of America’s leading political scientists, offers a critique of the Samuel Huntington’s Clash of Civilization theory (the theory that conflict between distinct groups based on religion and cultural identities (eg Western, Islamic, Sinic) is inevitable, and...