Time: Wednesday 18 March 2015, 12:30-2:00pm Speaker: Dr Aim Sinpeng, University of Sydney This is part of the #DemocracyFutures Seminars. There is a normative assumption that democracies support open Internet. Democracies, by definition, would require a certain level of freedom of expression. Online freedom is assumed as a...

By John Keane, University of Sydney On the eve of the collapse of the Soviet empire, the American political scientist Francis Fukuyama surfed to fame after pronouncing the global victory of the idea of American-style ‘liberal democracy’. Nearly three decades later, things look grim for his...

Joint Research Workshop 19-20 March 2015 Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis University of Canberra In recent years, conventional understandings of democratic legitimacy have been challenged by important changes that have taken place in democracies around the globe. There is mounting evidence that citizens are increasingly disengaged from formal politics as manifested by rising levels of political apathy (particularly...

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