By John Keane, University of Sydney ‘Whereof we cannot speak, thereof we must be silent’, wrote the young Ludwig Wittgenstein in his Tractatus (1921). The words are now famous, but in matters of politics the elegant last-sentence formula of his key early work must be doubted, and...

By Graham Murdock, Loughborough 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 the 21st century. In 1085, almost two decades had passed since...

Listen in: #DemocracyFutures lunchtime seminar Public Spending in Ancient Democratic Athens and Today presented by Dr David Pritchard on 3 June 2015. About the talk This SDN Democracy Futures seminar analyses public spending in ancient democratic Athens. Ancient historians debate whether this famous democracy spent more on religion or...

This is part of #DemocracyFutures lunchtime seminars. Speaker: Ariadne Vromen (University of Sydney) Contemporary research on young people and politics routinely portrays their political engagement as: individualised not collectivist; issues but not ideology driven; and postmaterialist instead of materialist. This shift towards ‘lifestyle politics’, often characterised as...

By John Keane, University of Sydney The following notes on the future of democratic representation were inspired by Simon Tormey’s The end of representative politics (2015), launched at a Gleebooks event organised by the Sydney Democracy Network (SDN), May 15th 2015. Whatever is happening in the field of...

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