By John Keane Pushed and pulled in different directions by government policies and market forces, modern universities try hard to be public institutions for the public good. Fond of proclamations, their efforts are impressive - sources of hope in times when many people feel things are...

By John Keane The following remarks were presented at a recent public forum in Sydney to celebrate the launch of Kerry Brown’s Carnival China: The People’s Republic in the era of Hu Jintao; Essays on Politics, Society and Culture. They tackle the issue of how best...

By Nik Taylor, Flinders University The traditional point of view in western intellectual thought – and one which is reflected in our own day-to–day views – is that of human exceptionalism, or anthropocentrism: the belief that humans are the central and most important beings on the...

By Selen Ercan, Jean-Paul Gagnon Mark Chou argued in Monday’s Understanding Politics blog that crises can be good for democracy. In this second reply, Selen A. Ercan and Jean-Paul Gagnon extend Mark’s proposal and argue that crisis can be good for democracy but only if it triggers long-term responses that reinforce rather than undermine democracy’s...

X
X