School of Politics and International Relations - Events

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

16
Mar
2017

How Desirable is Intra-Party Democracy? Evidence from the Political Party Database Project

Few scholars on political parties would disagree that intra-party democracy (IPD) is desirable. Yet, this is exactly where agreement ends. Precisely how we should conceptualize IPD is open to debate. This paper suggests a two-dimensional conceptualization of IPD based on the nature of the process of intra-party decision-making and presents findings on 122 parties in 19 democracies. It shows that many modern political parties combine plebiscitary... Read more

09
Mar
2017

What have we learned about constitutional design in deeply divided societies over the last quarter of a century?

In the aftermath of the end of the cold war, constitutional transitions in South Africa (1994), Bosnia (1995), Fiji (1997), Northern Ireland (1998) and Iraq (2005) aimed at ameliorating ethnic conflict, fostering resilient democracy and achieving political stability. This paper asks what these cases teach us about suitable constitutional arrangements for divided societies. The first part examines the debates between so-called ‘centripetalist’, ‘... Read more

02
Mar
2017

Gendered ministerial careers in three Westminster countries

In recent years there has been an increased scholarly interest in the descriptive representation of women in executives. Particular emphasis has been given to women’s (s)election to cabinet, the allocation of portfolios and, more recently, the opportunities for the substantive representation of women by women ministers. A parallel research trajectory has emerged exploring the determinants of ministerial appointment, survival and exit, although... Read more

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