School of Politics and International Relations - Events

25
May
2017

Compulsory Voting Rules, Reluctant Voters and Ideological Proximity Voting

Political theorists have argued that democracies should strive for high turnout, leading to an argument for the introduction of compulsory voting, one of the surest ways to increase turnout. Others have warned that this obligation comes at a cost of lower quality votes. We investigate these claims by examining the impact of compulsory voting on proximity voting. First, we examine individuals’ voting behavior in three countries with strong... Read more

18
May
2017

Populism and Press Freedom

What is the relationship between populist rule and the freedom of the press? Populists are personalistic leaders who seek to gain and retain power by establishing unmediated links with mass constituencies, who are otherwise relatively free of existing party and institutional ties. Populists rely heavily on the media to mobilize popular support and thus face strong incentives to control and dominate the press. Using a new dataset on populist rule... Read more

04
May
2017

Gender, Anxiety, and Attitudes to Terrorism

Social dominance orientation (SDO) measures individuals’ preference for inter-group hierarchies; that is, the idea that some groups in society should rightly dominate other groups. This study examines the role of SDO in explaining anxiety about experiencing a terrorist attack, and support for counter-terrorism policies that potentially infringe individual liberties in seeking to defend community security. It also examines the role of gender in... Read more

27
Apr
2017

Pork is Policy: Dissipative Inclusion at Local Level

This paper investigates, in subnational comparative perspective, the impact of local public policies on several indicators of the quality of life, poverty, and inequality. This is a first attempt to investigate the role of the legislative branch in fighting poverty and inequality through targeted transfers, usually seen in derogatory form as pork barrel politics. We assess the potential distributional biases of pork policies and their effect on... Read more

20
Apr
2017

Oil Rents and Patronage: The fiscal effects of oil booms in the Argentine provinces

When do oil dependent governments decide to spend oil rents in expanding their political machines through patronage, clientelism, and in enlarging their repressive apparatus (to become authoritarian) as some rentier theories claim, or in providing better public services to their citizens to expand the support base of their electorate? Contrary to the expectations of rentier theories, this work argues that infrastructure can rise and patronage... Read more

20
Apr
2017

Oil Rents and Patronage: The Fiscal Effects of Oil Booms in the Argentine Provinces

When do oil dependent governments decide to spend oil rents in expanding their political machines through patronage, clientelism, and in enlarging their repressive apparatus (to become authoritarian) as some rentier theories claim, or in providing better public services to their citizens to expand the support base of their electorate? Contrary to the expectations of rentier theories, this work argues that infrastructure can rise and patronage... Read more

30
Mar
2017

Affective Response to a Territorial Threat in International Relations

This paper (co-authored with Thomas Wynter) investigates the emotional impact on citizens of international security threats, with an emphasis on the difference between territorial threats and non-territorial threats. It uses an online survey experiment and borrows tools for measuring emotional states from the psychology literature. Territory is associated with the power capabilities of states, the power of individuals within states to survive... Read more

23
Mar
2017

Navigating Law, Politics and Informality: A Study of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, 1986-2015

Our talk is structured into two parts: First, drawing on insights from ongoing research of ours on judicial politics in Southeast Asia, we propose a relational approach to studying judicial politics in non-Western societies - a framework for the systematic analysis of informal relations between judges and other actors, within and outside the judiciary, based on common political interests, ideas, social identity, and even clientelistic... Read more

21
Mar
2017

American Council of Young Political Leaders: The political climate in the US today

The School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University proudly invites staff and students to join delegates from the American Council of Young Political Leaders for a panel and discussion on the Political situation in the U.S.A today. The panel will be chaired by Dr Richard Frank and include: The Honorable Tyler August (R), Speaker Pro Temporer Wisconsin State Assembly; The Honorable Anthony Daniels (D), Member... Read more

20
Mar
2017

UK Parliamentary Delegation Panel and Discussion: The political situation in the UK today.

The School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University proudly invites staff and students to join the CPA UK Delegation to a discussion on the political situation in the UK today featuring the following members of the UK Parliament: Rt Hon. Ian Liddell-Grainger MP (Conservative); Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP (Labour); Rt Hon. Yvonne Fovargue MP (Labour); Rt. Hon. Sir Alan Haselhurst MP (Conservative); The Rt Hon... Read more

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