John Keane, University of Sydney The ancient Greek historian Herodotus once observed that Persian rulers indulged the habit of getting drunk when making important decisions. When sober and sensible next morning, their custom was to reconsider their decision, and either stick to it, or revise or...

John Keane   There’s a time-tested ‘law’ in the history of modern self-government: when a bounded nation-state democracy prosecutes war abroad, the spirit and institutions of its democracy are usually vandalised at home. The Life and Death of Democracy analyses many historical instances of a rule that most definitely...

Professor John Keane - Director, Sydney Democracy Network. The following field notes grapple with the problem of how to understand the emergent polity of Antarctica, and why its break with the language and politics of sovereignty is of global significance. The remarks were prepared for a...

By John Keane Most people know from daily experience that memories are vital for their sense of well-being. Memory is the bearer of lavish gifts. It strengthens our capacity for living in the present. Memory brings direction. It prompts us to move on, to imagine different futures. When...

Professor John Keane Manus Island and Nauru detention centres are concentration camps, posing troubling questions for anyone concerned with democracy, writes John Keane. The dust of public controversy over the Sydney Biennale may have settled, but there are other questions for Luca Belgiorno-Nettis in light of the...

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...

                      POWER TO THE PEOPLE? Book Review, Professor John Keane. With talk of democracy in crisis commonplace, especially in Europe, smart assessments of how well democracies have fared during past crises are badly needed. It's what David Runciman offers - with decidedly mixed results. Runciman is a good writer and...

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