Speaker: Wolfgang Merkel Date: Wednesday 9 April, 2014 Time: 12.30 to 2.30pm Venue: Seminar room 226, John Woolley Building (enter via Manning Road) The recent development of financial capitalism and the financial crisis of 2008 have put an old question anew on the political agenda: is capitalism compatible with democracy? In this...

Professor Geoff Gallop Sydney Democracy Network associate, Professor Geoff Gallop, delivered this year's Manning Clark lecture, A Republican History of Australia. "In the annual Manning Clark lecture, former West Australian Premier and academic , Geoff Gallop, looks at the history of Australian republicanism. He argues that a republic...

By Richard Pomfret The international community has been impotent since Russia responded to the November 2013 Ukraine crisis with force, culminating in annexation of the Ukrainian territory of Crimea this month. The G7’s decision to boycott the G8 summit scheduled for June in Sochi indicates solidarity, but...

John Keane - 18 March, 2014 The following remarks on love and politics were first delivered at a welcome symposium for all first-year humanities and social science students in the Great Hall, the University of Sydney, 27th February 2014: Good morning and a warm welcome to the...

Benedetta Brevini - 18th March, 2014 That media ownership rules have been progressively relaxed in many democracies is certainly not news. But that Australia, with one of the most concentrated media markets in the world, is thinking of further deregulation is astonishing. Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has...

Nick Rowley Few places have captured the human imagination like Antarctica. It is colder than anywhere on Earth, bounded by rough seas, buffeted by intense winds, home to fauna that are found nowhere else and, as far as we can tell, is a land where no...

By Peter Whiteford, Australian National University The Conversation is running a series, Class in Australia, to identify, illuminate and debate its many manifestations. Here, Peter Whiteford investigates what has happened to income and wealth inequality in Australia in recent times. Australians like to think of themselves as...

Pippa Norris - 3rd March, 2014 Current events escalating in Crimea highlight the polarization among political leaders and activists in Ukraine. Developments reflect conflicting visions of the country’s future diplomatic ties, whether as part of the European Union or linked to Russia and the Commonwealth of...

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