All Events

01
Dec
2017

Exploring Sources for the Consolidation or Deconsolidation of Democracy in East Asia

After decades of consolidation across the world, democratic systems face apparent threats in the form of authoritarian leaders and dissatisfied citizens. Spanning countries with vastly differing levels of democratic development, Asia is particularly susceptible to the risks of democratic deconsolidation. The School of Politics and International Relations invites all interested guests to attend this workshop, in which researchers from the...Read more

20
Nov
2017

Burkinis, Slippery Slope and Euroscepticism: Islamophobia in Post-communist Europe

This event is co-hosted by the ANU Centre for European Studies and the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies. In recent years, European newspaper headlines have repeatedly highlighted xenophobia and intolerance in post-communist Europe. In the Czech Republic and Hungary, Islamophobic narratives have emerged in the context of the migration crisis and should be interpreted as a political instrument of the populist parties. The Czech Republic and...Read more

02
Nov
2017

Building Election Management Body Capacity

Election management bodies (EMBs) are the agencies and government departments tasked with the technical administration of elections, from registering voters to counting ballots. This talk will present a new approach to comparing election management bodies (EMBs) in cross-national perspective by measuring their capacity to deliver key services and perform their essential functions. It does so using three novel approaches: first, analysis of data...Read more

26
Oct
2017

Film screening - "Feeling Piazzolla"

The Embassy of Argentina and the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies proudly present "Feeling Piazzolla", the first documentary that is entirely dedicated to the legendary Argentine composer and musician Astor Piazzolla dubbed ‘tango revolutionary’. The screening of "Feeling Piazzolla" will be introduced by Marcela Fiorillo, Performance Teaching Fellow, ANU. “Feeling Piazzolla” analyses the melancholy in the music of one of...Read more

26
Oct
2017

The Constitutionality of the Catalan Referendum and the Potential Impact of Secession on the EU

The Catalan independence process was first ushered in by the adoption of a Parliamentary resolution in January 2013, asserting the right of self-determination of the Catalan nation. Ever since, the various attempts made by the Catalan authorities towards independence have met fierce resistance from the national authorities. In 2015 and in 2017, the Constitutional Court in Madrid quashed Catalan political declarations and budgetary provisions on...Read more

26
Oct
2017

Prominent in Parliament? An Empirical Assessment of Interest Group Prominence in the Legislative Arena

In densely populated organised interest systems groups, being acknowledged by policy makers as a prominent player is important. If being viewed as relevant by policy makers is a critical ingredient of political advocacy, this raises the question for interest group scholars: Why are some groups more prominent than others among policy makers? In this paper we introduce an additional approach (to the existing focus on involvement and access...Read more

25
Oct
2017

What Kind of Reform for the EU?

Europe and the European project were hit by successive crises in recent years, which had a cumulative effect. Many people reached the conclusion that the euro was unsustainable and a large part of the European construction as well. They apparently underestimated the ties that keep the Union together in big crises. True, the UK has decided to leave, but no other country is looking for the exit, while the election of President Macron in France has...Read more

19
Oct
2017

Consideration Set Models for Electoral Choice: An Introduction

(From the ‘Introduction’ in a forthcoming Electoral Studies symposium, co-edited with Martin Rosema.) In electoral research decisions by voters are usually analysed as if they choose at once from the whole set of competing parties or candidates. Consideration Set Models (CSM) posit that voters choose differently, namely in two stages. In the first stage they exclude certain choice options and create a consideration set of viable options, while...Read more

17
Oct
2017

Costa Rica and its approach to global sustainable development: connecting to Asia Pacific and Australia

The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS), the Embassy of the Republic of Costa Rica and the Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR) invites you to the lecture: Costa Rica and its approach to global sustainable development: connecting to Asia Pacific and Australia Minister for Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica, Manuel Gonzalez-Sanz Tuesday 17 October 2017 6.30 – 8.00pm, followed by light refreshments The Law...Read more

16
Oct
2017

AIIA National Conference 2017: Foreign Policy in an Uncertain World

The ANU Centre for European Studies is a proud sponsor of the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) National Conference, Australia’s premier event on Australian foreign policy. The 2017 conference will bring together some of Australia’s leading international affairs experts. Building on the success of last year’s event, which drew a sellout crowd of more than 380 attendees and received overwhelmingly positive reviews (see here ),...Read more

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