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Mark Chou


From ancient Greek tragedy to the contemporary politics of democratisation in China, Dr Mark Chou, ACU’s Lecturer in Politics, is an interdisciplinary political scientist who draws his inspiration from international relations, cultural studies and political philosophy. His current research examines the issue of democratic failure. “Few scholars of democratisation study democratic failure for its own sake,” he says. “For the most, democracy experts only consider democratic termination with a view to better consolidating weak and failing democracies. And even fewer are examining the prospect that the processes of democracy can often be implicated in democracy’s own downfall.”