Politics

NARROWER TERMS


Report

The way in: representation in the 46th Australian Parliament

Representation matters. Within our society a lot of attention is paid to how power is used, and in whose interests, but the issue of who has power is of equal importance. This report explores the path to parliament taken by our current representative members of...
Report

Illusions of history: how misunderstanding the past jeopardises our future

The author of this report argues that the New Zealand Government risks misreading two episodes in New Zealand’s economic history, which may have consequences for current economic policy and outcomes
Book

Politics, policy and public administration in theory and practice

The essays in this publication address contemporary developments in public sector financial management in Australia and overseas, changing political processes in Queensland and the Commonwealth, and public governance and administration reform trajectories in Australia and internationally.
Conference paper

Lean toolbox approach for effective preparation of housing refurbishment projects using critical success factors

Much lean research has focussed on improving the construction of new built and private sector projects. In contrast this paper aims to demonstrate the merits of lean tooling in the preparation phase of social housing refurbishments.
Report

How does Australia compare: what makes a leading democracy?

This report compares Australia’s democracy with other nations over four issues: trust, concern about corruption, strength of democratic standards and the depth of liberal values.
Report

Trump and Trumpism: the creation of a legacy?

This paper outlines why many ordinary US citizens may vote for President Trump in the forthcoming November presidential election and act as a basis for a future examination of his possible foreign policies in his second term.
Report

The untold story of American non-voters

This report is a summary of what has been learned through interviews, both quantitative and qualitative, with more than 14,000 voting-eligible Americans. The result is multilevel snapshot of non-voting America one year out from the 2020 presidential election.
Report

Economic and political overview 2020

This report provides an insight into the domestic and international economic, political and policy environment, giving policymakers and organisations an insight into the operating environment in the year to come.
Briefing paper

Widows and wives in Pacific politics: a reliable pathway for women?

Understanding women’s pathways to political leadership remains a critical area of academic and public policy focus in the Pacific.
Report

The peril of modern democracy: short-term thinking in a long-term world

Democracy has many advantages, but its pitfalls include a tendency toward short-term return over longer-term interests, being reactive rather than proactive, and being geared towards internal competition rather than cooperation. This report argues that this is a key problem facing liberal democracies.
Commentary

Outside the comfort zone

Twitter’s roiling, and even the real world is wondering how the prime minister burned through his political capital so quickly.
Report

2019 Australian federal election: results from the Australian Election Study

This report presents findings from the 2019 Australian Election Study (AES). The AES surveyed a nationally representative sample of 2,179 voters after the 2019 Australian federal election to find out what shaped their choices.
Book

Australian politics and policy

With contributions from Australia’s leading politics and public-policy scholars, this textbook includes material on Australian political history and philosophy, key political institutions, Australian political sociology, public policy-making in Australia, and specialised chapters on a range of key policy domains.
Report

How Australian federal politicians would like to reform their democracy

The health of a liberal democracy can be measured by the quality of its political parties - which aggregate people’s demands, formulate policy choices and supposedly, represent their constituents' interests. This report outlines how those who know the system best would reform and improve it.
Report

Australian values and the enduring importance of the nation-state

This report, submitted to the Australian Senate inquiry into nationhood, national identity and democracy, contributes to the current debate about the role of national identity and international cooperation in Australian politics by placing Australia’s national values in their historic context, and arguing for their continued...
Commentary

The Morrison playbook

The prime minister’s style has proved effective so far, but does it contain the seeds of its own failure?
Policy report

Mind your tongue

As Australia is compelled to engage with a more confrontational China, there’s a risk that political commentary and media reporting on Chinese influence and interference operations in Australia could affect Chinese-Australian communities adversely. This briefing paper offers some constructive suggestions to address the issue.
Transcript

Creativity in an age of constraint

The John Bonython Lecture is the annual gala event for the Centre for Independent Studies. Award winning American author and opinion writer, Lionel Shriver, delivered this year’s lecture. She eviscerated the modern-day obsession with identity politics, political correctness and the hypersensitivities of the #MeToo movement...
Article

Shining a brighter light on foreign influence in Canada

In this article, former Canadian ambassador to China, David Mulroney, argues that Canada is facing a growing threat with regards to foreign influence and interference. In particular, he warns that China is expanding its capacity to meddle in Canadian affairs. He goes on to suggest...
Essay

Levelling wind: remembering Fiji

Brij Lal is one of the leading historians of Fiji. In a professional lifetime spanning more than 40 years, he has written widely about Fiji and the Indian diaspora. Lal has collated a series of his essays in a new collection – available free for...