By Fei Haiting, Beijing University If we define populism as the presumption that ‘the people’ are the only and true source of legitimacy then Vladimir Putin is not a populist. After all, he values expertise and he speaks of the need for a well-organised civil society....

Carolien van Ham, UNSW; Lisa Hill, University of Adelaide, and Louise Chappell, UNSW This article is part of the Democracy Futures project, a joint global initiative between The Conversation and the Sydney Democracy Network. The project aims to stimulate fresh thinking about the many challenges facing...

John Keane, University of Sydney In March 2003, the Howard government involved Australia in an illegal military invasion of Iraq. The consequences of that war continue to be devastating for the people of Iraq and the wider Middle East. The prime minister was able to opt...

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney enjoys an international linkage with Germany’s leading social science research institute, the WZB Berlin Social Sciences Centre. In addition to the mutual transfer of scientific materials and publications, the institutions work together in collaborative teaching, training, research...

This article was drawn in part from the discussion that took place at the Sydney Democracy Network’s Dark Money and Democracy roundtable at the University of Sydney on November 3rd 2016. There was much talk from government yesterday of terrorism, espionage and the insidious interference by foreign...

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