School of Politics and International Relations - Events

25
Feb
2016

Party Switching In Israel and Canada: Assessing the Impact of Electoral and Legislative Institutions

This paper seeks to resolve the puzzle of an unexpected difference in the rates of party switching between Canada and Israel. Although it is well known that party-centered electoral systems, such as the closed-list proportional representation that Israel has used since the creation of the State, incentivize elected legislators to remain loyal to their party groups more than candidate-centered electoral systems do, such as Canada’s first-past-the... Read more

18
Feb
2016
30
Jun
2016

Semester One: SPIR Seminar Series

Week Speaker Talk title 18 February Mark Franklin " Does electoral integrity yield more responsive government? " 25 February Csaba Nikolenyi " Party Switching In Israel and Canada: Assessing the Impact of Electoral and Legislative Institutions " 3 March Jørgen Elklit ' Kenya’s 2007 elections – what went wrong, and why? ' 10 March Mariana Llanos ' Comparing Courts Cross-regionally: Lessons and Challenges ' 17 March Jonathan Molloy “ Comparing the... Read more

18
Feb
2016

Does electoral integrity yield more responsive government?

Abstract This paper investigates European party congruence with voters in left-right terms over the period of a quarter century since the late 1980s. By aggregating individual-level data collected for many countries over a long time-period to the birth-year-cohort level, and in conjunction with measures of electoral integrity created by the Electoral Integrity Project and other sources, I attempt to determine whether differences in electoral... Read more

19
Nov
2015

Beyond elitism: The possibilities of labour-centred development in Latin America

The ‘pink tide’ in Latin America is drawing increasing criticisms from the political left for its inability to confront existing socio-structural inequalities. In this talk Benjamin Selwyn contributes to discussions on the future for human development in Latin America by advocating a new paradigm in development theory and practice, which it labels Labour Centred Development (LCD). Selwyn argues that collective actions by labouring classes can... Read more

12
Nov
2015

The New Politics of the Minimum Wage

What are the partisan politics of the minimum wage? If left-wing parties are aligned with unions and right-wing parties with employers, we would expect a positive left-partisan effect on the level of the minimum wage. But two things may work against this. First, the ‘producer group’ alignments of political parties may be overridden by other political goals, such as reducing or redirecting public expenditure. A variety of ‘issue linkages’ may... Read more

05
Nov
2015

The Electoral Consequences of Ministerial Turnover in Canada

Despite an abundance of studies on the incumbency advantage and elite careers, we know very little about the electoral performance of ministers and ex-ministers. Are ministers electorally rewarded thanks to their powerful position in government? Conversely, are ministers that exit government electorally punished? We tackle both questions using using the case of Canada. The study compares the electoral performance of non-ministers ministers and... Read more

29
Oct
2015

Political prediction based on resilient stresses: What is going to happen to South Africa?

Abstract It's sometimes naively thought that short-term political prediction is easier than long-term prediction, because more contingencies pile up the further out in time a prediction reaches. I'll illustrate a more sophisticated view, based on what I'll call 'resilient stresses' - problems that are hard to resolve, therefore unlikely to resolve, and that facilitate longer-term prediction by making alternative pathways unstable - in South... Read more

22
Oct
2015

A Theory of Discussant Influence on Vote Choice in Multiparty Systems (plus some empirics)

Many studies, especially from the US and the UK, have shown that at elections the people with whom we discuss politics in our everyday lives influence how we vote. The paper addresses two aspects of discussant influence on vote choice that are not well understood: the role of party systems as institutional contexts and the relationship between social pressure and information sharing as mechanisms of influence. It argues that in cleavage-based... Read more

14
Oct
2015

Towards the 2016 US Elections: Continuity? Change? Or Trump?

An insiders discussion about the issues of 2016 and beyond A moderated panel discussion led by a delegation of young US political leaders from both the Democrat and Republican Parties. This event is hosted by the School of Politics and International Relations in conjunction with the Australian Political Exchange Council. The School of Politics and International Relations has a long history of excellence in research, in undergraduate education... Read more

25
Sep
2015

Vietnam as if... Tales of Youth, Love and Destiny

Vietnam as if… by Kim Huynh follows five young people who have moved from the countryside to the city. Their dramatic everyday lives illuminate some of the most pressing issues in Vietnam today: ‘The Sticky Rice Seller’ explores gender roles; ‘The Ball Boy’ is all about the struggles of sexual and ethnic minorities, ‘The Professional’ examines relations between rich and poor, ‘The Goal Keeper’ delves into politics and ideology and ‘The Student’... Read more

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