By Mark Chou, Author, Associate Professor Australian Catholic University, Melbourne MELBOURNE, Australia — With the U.S. Republican and Democratic National Conventions a little under three months away, the spectacle of the presidential primaries gathers steam with each passing day. But while commentators are busy asking the big questions...

Chantal Mouffe, University of Westminster This article is part of the Democracy Futures series, a joint global initiative with the Sydney Democracy Network. The project aims to stimulate fresh thinking about the many challenges facing democracies in the 21st century. We are witnessing a crisis of representative...

By John Keane In Thomas Paine, the radical Enlightenment belief that all social and political ills were remediable found its most passionate champion. Many people today think of the 18th-century Enlightenment as an exciting season of reason, a black-swan moment when new energies flowed, when the early...

This is part of the Democracy Futures Seminar Series, 20 April 2016 During the last few decades, the liberal democracies that tried to make religion a private matter have encountered great difficulties in the face of growing fundamentalism. In this seminar Professor Miguel Vatter aims to recover an...

SDN was delighted to host Professor Yu Keping of Peking University, Beijing on a visit to the University of Sydney in the second week of April, 2016.  During his time at the University, Yu Keping delivered a public lecture on Chinese Conceptions of Power and Authority: new perspectives and was also guest...

Co-presented by the China Studies Centre and the Sydney Ideas [gview file="http://sydneydemocracynetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Modernizing-State-Governance.ppt"] Modernising state governance in China: restructuring the relationship between government, the market and society since the Deng Xiaoping reforms of the 1980s The top authorities of the CCP took modernisation of state governance to be the...

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