Comparative studies

International comparison
Discussion paper

Why be strong? The Swiss and Australian responses to fear

Defence thinkers routinely identify Australia as one of the safest countries in the world. However, Australia’s future is likely to be more dangerous and troubling than its past has been. This paper discusses the comparison between Swiss and Australian approaches to threatening strategic environments.

Global overview: Indigenous suicide rates

This background paper presents an overview of suicide in Indigenous peoples in countries where there is a dominant white society. The countries reviewed for suicide rates were Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand, Canada, the United States of America, Greenland, and Scandinavian countries of Finland, Norway, Sweden, and...
Briefing paper

A PUF of fresh air? Pacific Urban Forum 2019

At Pacific Urban Forum5 (PUF5), Pacific Island governments, non-government organisations and academic institutions were well represented with the geographic spread of representation and attendance numbers the highest yet. This briefing paper provides an overview of the prominent issues at the PUF5 and an analysis of...

Creative economy employment in the EU and the UK: a comparative analysis

Analysts and policymakers have long complained of the dearth of internationally comparable statistics on the creative industries because it has made it impossible to benchmark the performance of different countries. In January 2014, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) adopted the Dynamic Mapping...
Working paper

HRMI civil and political rights metrics: 2018 technical note

This paper details a new methodology developed to measure civil and political rights violations in a pilot sample of 13 diverse countries. In doing so, we discuss the problems present in previous attempts to measure civil and political rights cross-nationally and argue that our approach...
Journal article

The stewardship deficit in New Zealand health policymaking

Reports on the findings of comparative research conducted in England and NZ to explore relative levels of autonomy and capacity for primary health care policymaking in the two countries between 2001 and 2007
Fact sheet

Comparisons between the youth and adult justice systems: 2014–15

In all states and territories, young people aged 10 and over can be charged with a criminal offence. Separate justice systems exist for young people and adults, each with specific legislation. In most cases, the upper age limit in the youth justice system is 17...
Discussion paper

Action and impact: discussion paper from the visit of Melody Barnes to Australia in February 2016

This discussion paper emerges from a series of events held by Per Capita with Melody Barnes in February 2016. Melody Barnes served as Assistant to US President Obama and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council from 2009 to January 2012. Ms Barnes is...
Conference paper

Comparing local government adaptation responses to climate change in Australia and Sweden

This paper compares the urban local government responses to the challenges of climate change impacts through a comparative study of Australia and Sweden
Conference paper

How different are Australian cities?

This paper queries the status of ‘The Australian City’, and offers some preliminary insights into the nature, character and state of ‘Australian Cities’ as a prospective definite category within a global array of territorially and nationally defined city assemblies.