By Nick Rowley, University of Sydney If the proliferation of open and free elections is the key factor contributing to the strength of a democracy, then Australia is well served. Three-year terms for federal MPs, state elections every four years or so, and council elections sometimes sneaking in...

By Christopher Hobson, Associate Professor, School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University. 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...

By Susan Trevaskes This is a follow-up paper for the 2016 SDN Encounter with Yu Keping. What do the following three disparate governance agendas have in common: building frameworks for fighting corruption; enhancing judicial integrity; and fighting criminals and dissenters who threaten social stability? The answer is that...

By Zhiqiong June Wang, Western Sydney University This is a follow-up paper for the 2016 SDN Encounter with Yu Keping. Introduction Professor Yu Keping argues that the modernisation of Chinese governance requires the presence of five essential elements: institutionalisation, democratisation, rule of law, efficiency, and coordination. Among them,...

By Jianfu Chen, La Trobe Law School This is a follow-up paper for the 2016 SDN Encounter with Yu Keping. Globalisation: cross-currents and counter-currents Professor Yu Keping has helpfully reminded us that globalisation is a process that is promoted and resisted, enhanced and undermined, praised and condemned by various forces and...

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