John Keane, University of Sydney Finally. The finest hour. The day for which all brave and self-respecting Britons have long been waiting. Referendum Day. The pub happy hour when the proud People living under the Union Jack seize their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make things better. Have...

By Jan Zielonka The consequences of the Brexit referendum are bad for both Europe and Britain, regardless of the result. The EU referendum in the United Kingdom was intended as a festival of democracy, but it has proved to be an exercise in political madness. Brits pride...

By Jon Eugene von Kowallis This is a follow-up paper for the 2016 SDN Encounter with Yu Keping. Professor Yu has remarked in “The Logic of Chinese Cultural Development in a Variable World of Modernization and Globalization”, the first chapter of his book On China’s Cultural Transformation (2012)...

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...

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