Political leadership

Commentary

7 Dec 2018

Despite five prime ministers in five years and policy paralysis in Canberra, Australians don’t want to do away with democracy. They want to save it.

Commentary

25 Nov 2018

Federal and state factors interacted yesterday, but not in the way you might think, writes Peter Brent.

Commentary

2 Nov 2018

The polls aren’t looking good for Matthew Guy’s Liberals in Victoria.

Article

26 Oct 2018

Jacinda Ardern is the youngest person to have held the role of New Zealand Prime Minister in 150 years. She is comfortably the most popular politician in the land, and one of the brightest stars in the international political firmament.

Survey

The health of American democracy in an era of hyper polarization
24 Oct 2018

The 2016 presidential election and the primary cycle of 2018 have been defined in large part by the success of outsider candidates in both parties, raising the question of whether Americans are looking for outsiders because of a deep dissatisfaction with the American establishment.

Commentary

22 Oct 2018

Is Barnaby Joyce on the rise again? On the evidence of his memoir, things could get ugly.

Commentary

8 Oct 2018

This party leader can’t own or disown his past, nor Labour’s.

Commentary

11 Sep 2018

With public trust in government at an all-time low, it's time we prioritised political reform and put in place a comprehensive roadmap for effective, long-term change.

Commentary

24 Aug 2018

Scott Morrison has proved himself adept at manipulating party-room sentiment, but his efforts so far at wooing the electorate have not been spectacularly successful, writes Peter Brent.

Commentary

23 Aug 2018

Malcolm Turnbull’s first stint as Liberal leader wounded him, with ultimately fatal results. Another change of leader is likely to do the same to this government.

Commentary

22 Aug 2018

The crushing contemporary verdict on Turnbull is that he has no core set of beliefs from which to dissemble: just an emptiness that only the prestige of the prime ministership can fulfil.

Commentary

15 Aug 2018

Modern-day Australia imposes certain realities on political parties. The most important one is that the important public policy issues of the day go beyond old-fashioned left/right characterisations.

Commentary

29 Jul 2018

Deft management and misleading polls helped turn Super Saturday into a public relations coup for Labor.

Book

Stories of serendipity, innovation and driving social change
27 Jul 2018

With a focus on ten notable Australians, including Nobel Laureates Professor Barry Marshall and Professor Brian Schmidt, former Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, and Parliamentarian, the Honourable Linda Burney, The Power of Conferences explores the deep and lasting impact of conferences on the development and...

Commentary

19 Jul 2018

Tony Abbott is an unwelcome presence — for the government at least — amid the tangle of by-elections on 28 July, writes Peter Brent.

Commentary

3 Jul 2018

Viewed warmly on both sides of politics and in the media, the federal finance minister is playing a vital role for the government.

Report

11 Apr 2018

This study builds on the Leading for Change (2016) report, which provided a snapshot of cultural diversity in the senior leadership of Australian organisations and institutions. This report examines the cultural backgrounds of chief executive officers of ASX 200 companies, federal ministers, heads of federal...

Discussion paper

29 Mar 2018

There were about 230 million Americans eligible to vote on election day in 2016. 170 million either didn’t vote or didn’t vote for Trump. This means that nearly 75 percent of American voters who could cast a vote for president didn’t vote for the man...

Commentary

28 Mar 2018

Peter Brent asks would a stronger prime minister pull Peter Dutton into line?

Audio interview

19 Mar 2018

How bad is authoritarianism? [clue: it’s very, very bad]

This week Rewi Lyall spoke with Dr Lee Morgenbesser (Griffith University) about his conceptualisation of ‘sophisticated’ and ‘retrograde’ authoritarianism as a tool for understanding how different despotic regimes in South East Asia manage perceptions and...

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