Sydney Democracy Network

Brexit: how Europe will suffer

Bankrupt regions, impoverished hospitals, overcrowded prisons: Brexit will affect everybody in Europe. And yet nobody is taking responsibility for the mess. Story by Jan Zielonka,...

Minxin Pei on China’s crony capitalism

Corruption in the post-Tiananmen era exhibits distinct characteristics not found in the 1980s, such as astronomical sums of money looted by officials, their family...

John Keane on the media and post-truth

Professor John Keane of Sydney University's Sydney Democracy Network delivers a lecture on post-truth, the unfinished communications revolution and the implications for democracy. Podcast here:...

The Cherry Blossom Uprising: Monitory Democracy in Korea

Korea's "Cherry Blossom Uprising" has a deep significance to democracy, writes Professor John Keane. "It points to the need to redefine democracy ... and...

Democracy and populism

We’re witnessing the rise of populist leaders around the globe. John Keane, Professor of Politics and co-founder and director of the Sydney Democracy Network...

Trump, the wannabe king rulilng by ‘Twiat’

Just weeks after his inauguration as US president, it is clear that Donald Trump is making a further bold claim on power, one that...

Europe’s “multi-morbidity”. Interview with Claus Offe

“Our times resemble the 1920s”, says Claus Offe. “We’re witnessing the accumulation of various crises that are rapidly putting the whole European project under...

Podemos: Caught Between The Battle Lines of Spanish Politics

Podemos has shaken up Spanish politics in ways unimaginable when it was created in early 2014. Other political parties and the media have been...

Post-Truth Politics and The Italian Referendum

Recent weeks have seen an increasing global media panic centred around the Italian Referendum vote. The main argument, spread with great effectiveness across the...

A New Politics of Time

There’s a widespread belief that actually existing democracies are in the grip of a fast-paced world dominated by breaking news and all things instant....

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