Professor John Keane It’s difficult from afar to grasp the depressing scale and depth of European disintegration, so let me try from close range to convey something of what’s going on by using a simple method: extracting snippets of randomly-chosen local political news published in a...

Professor John Keane Perhaps the only bright democratic light in this dark crisis surrounding Syria is the unexpected growth of a cross-border, large-scale and ultimately global denunciation of the follies and horror of war, writes John Keane. Does democracy have anything to do with the worsening humanitarian...

Summer Scholarships at the Museum of Australian Democracy The Australian Prime Ministers Centre offers up to three Summer Scholarships each year to tertiary students. Summer Scholarships enable students to research the history, origins, traditions and contemporary practice of Australian democracy, with reference to Australian prime ministers. Scholars...

Francis Fukuyama & John Keane Late Night Live, ABC RN The political turmoil around the world has a common theme—that democracies are failing to address the rising expectations of the affluent and educated middle class. Professor Francis Fukuyama and Professor John Keane speak to Dr. Norman...

By Greg Craven, Australian Catholic University As a public personality, our new prime minister is an involuntary paradox. On the one hand, Tony Abbott is one of the most discussed people in Australia. On the other, much of the discussion is so ill-informed that it conceals,...

Professor John Keane ‘No bourgeois, no democracy’ is the racy formulation penned half a century ago by the American historian Barrington Moore Jr. It’s a well-known political maxim, one that’s often used in support of the view that to be middle class is to be solidly, instinctively...

Date: 26 August 2013 , 6:00pm Venue: Wesley Conference Centre 220 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Conventional wisdom going to back to Ancient Greece holds that democracy and middle-class prosperity are self-reinforcing. A large and comfortable middle class is the best bulwark against unrepresentative and authoritarian politics, and...

Political commentator Tim Soutphommasane has been appointed as Australia's new Race Discrimination Commissioner. Dr Soutphommasane, a first-generation Australian of Chinese and Lao background, is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights at the University of Sydney....

Professor John Keane A recent poll by the Lowy Institute suggests many young Australians are ambivalent about the virtues of democracy, while leading democracy scholar John Keane warns that democracy has reached a ‘tipping point’ similar to the 1930s. Three political thinkers give us their perspectives on...

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