United States of America

Policy report

11 Sep 2017

This research note recommends a return to New Zealand’s long-cherished bipartisan trade policy that has been damaged in recent years’ debates over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Key points

The US economy is growing steadily at 2%, and unemployment is low at 4.3%...


25 Jul 2017

Since the ABC published an essay on domestic violence and the Christian church in Australia last week, we've seen a far-ranging conversation about the way the church responds to victims of abuse in their midst.

There has been some confusion about what the research...

Working paper

15 Jul 2017

In a changing employment and budgetary context, there is renewed interest in the concept of a basic income – a form of social security in which individuals receive a regular, often unconditional payment from either government or a public institution. This working paper examines the...

Research report

15 Jun 2017

The use of restrictive practices to manage the challenging behaviour of people in aged and disability sectors is a key human rights issue in Australia. Restrictive practices, such as seclusion, restricted access to objects, physical restraint and chemical restraint (in the form of medication), are...

Research report

6 Jun 2017

Despite wide concern about cyberattacks, outages and privacy violations, most experts believe the Internet of Things will continue to expand successfully the next few years, tying machines to machines and linking people to valuable resources, services and opportunities.

Connection begets connection. In 1999, 18...

Research report

29 May 2017

The proliferation of cyberspace and rise of social media have enriched and strengthened the application of democratic governance. Technological developments have expedited the international flow of information, improved freedom of speech in many areas of the world, and increased the quality of interaction, accountability and...

Research report

3 May 2017

Recent shifts in the media ecosystem raise new concerns about the vulnerability of democratic societies to fake news and the public’s limited ability to contain it. Fake news as a form of misinformation benefits from the fast pace that information travels in today’s media ecosystem,...

Research report

27 Apr 2017


Once again, Trump has broken the mould. The 100-day mark is traditionally used to assess a new administration’s progress in advancing its policy agenda. With Trump, that’s impossible. In foreign policy at least, it’s more appropriate to ask whether at the 100-day...

Research report

26 Apr 2017

Although the 2016 US presidential primaries garnered profound dissatisfaction with the nomination process, leading to widespread accusations of unfairness within both parties, most voters will forget our current system’s issues until the 2020 election. But in a new paper, Brennan Center fellow, Roll Call columnist,...


18 Apr 2017

This study by US company WalletHub looks at the environmental policies across the US. It uses the three dimensions of environmental quality, eco-friendly behaviors and climate-change contributions with 20 metrics from clean air levels to lowest energy use per capita. Each metric was graded on...

Research report

16 Mar 2017

Executive summary and recommendations

The Trump administration looks to be adopting a more muscular and self-interested security policy in the Asia-Pacific.

Confrontational on China: Trump and his advisers have outlined a hard line towards China on most bilateral issues, and view...

Research report

14 Mar 2017


A key element of Australia’s debate on national security issues has been a notion of forced choice between an old ally and a new major trading partner. This is particularly so when strategic choices might produce economic disadvantage.

The dominant characters...

Research report

2 Mar 2017

A new report finds that teens and young adults express low levels of trust in the news media and use a variety of strategies to confirm, verify, and clarify the stories they care about, according to a study produced by Data & Society Research Institute...



23 Feb 2017

Journalists literally 'make' news. They do not find it. They do not publish transcripts of reality. Even in their best efforts, they would not provide a copy of reality, but reality in a frame, reality enhanced, reality reconfigured by being heightened on a page or...

Research report

9 Feb 2017

When following links, online news consumers could recall the name of the news outlet 56% of the time.

nyone who wants to understand today’s news environment faces a challenge: How to discern the nuances of digital news habits when Americans’ attention spans are fractured,...



6 Feb 2017

Freelance journalist Abigail Edge was at an Online News Association conference in Los Angeles in 2015 and found herself chatting with the head of a prominent national trade publishing association. The woman asked where she lived. “When I told her Denver she laughed and said...

Blog post

6 Feb 2017

Digital media played a prominent role in the recent US presidential election, with social media platforms channelling previously fringe universes of political culture, rooted in populism and post-truth politics, right into the mainstream of US political discourse. Meanwhile, traditional mechanisms, from polling to mainstream media,...

Blog post

2 Feb 2017

Within a few hours of Donald Trump being declared president-elect, the first wave of reflections about the future of news media began to emerge.

The existential crisis comes at a time when the economics for much of our industry — especially newspapers — remains...

Video lecture/presentation

31 Jan 2017

Media soul-searching continues as editors and reporters from outlets from CNN to The Weekly Standard to The New York Times gathered at Harvard University for an event centered on the question of the role of journalism in a “post-truth era.”

Streamed live on...

Research report

26 Jan 2017

Podcasting and on-demand audio are attracting new audiences, giving rise to new voices and creating new revenue sources, with public broadcasters playing a central role, according to a study by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation released today.

Yet the fast-growing podcast...