School of Politics and International Relations - Events

25
Mar
2015

The Mass Political Consequences of Economic Reform in Latin America

Democracy works when citizens can hold policy makers to accounts. Nowhere is this connection between the governed and their representatives more evident than the economy. Citizens expect strong economic performance from incumbents, and executives who fail to live up to popular expectations will feel the voter’s wrath at election time. But what if the criterion on which governments are judged—the economy—is fundamentally restructured? Such is the... Read more

12
Mar
2015

The Effect of U.S. Troop Deployments on Human Rights

U.S. non-invasion troops deployed abroad often try to promote greater respect for human rights in the host country. The host country, having an incentive to retain the troop presence, may choose to comply with these requests. We argue that this effect will not be at play in states with high security salience for the United States (for which the U.S. may not be able to credibly threaten to remove the troops). In these cases, U.S. deployments will... Read more

05
Mar
2015

Why Elections Fail

The spread of elections to all parts of the globe has been one of the most dramatic developments transforming our world during the twentieth century. Yet, as numerous reports have highlighted, the quality of contemporary contests commonly fails. Contentious elections undermine the legitimacy of elected authorities, political participation, and stability in fragile states. What happens when elections violate international standards of electoral... Read more

26
Feb
2015

What is a Free and Fair Election? Evidence from Russia

Russian elections since 1991 have represented one of the most difficult cases for the comparative analysis of election processes. The most recent 2011-12 parliamentary and presidential elections were strongly condemned by many observers, including the OSCE monitoring team, and on that basis by Western governments. But how valid was their examination? What did other groups of international monitors have to say? And how can we - indeed can we -... Read more

12
Feb
2015

Improving Cross-National Measurement of Legislative Power: Preliminary Results from an Expert Survey

Speaker: Svitlana Chernykh is a Lecturer at the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University. She received her PhD in 2011 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to coming to ANU, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and a Junior Research Fellow at St Antony’s College. Her research focuses on democratisation, comparative political institutions (parties,... Read more

25
Nov
2014

Bipartisanship and Public Policy in the United States

Speaker: Charles R. Shipan is a Visiting Fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He is also the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Professor of Social Sciences in the Department of Political Science and the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the faculty at Michigan, Shipan served on the faculty at the University of Iowa and held positions as a Research Fellow at the Brookings... Read more

18
Nov
2014

Curse of Friendship: IMF program, Friendship with the United States and Foreign Direct Investment

Speaker: Chungshik Moon received his PhD in political science from Florida State University (2014). His current research interests include the causes and effects of economic globalisation and development and institutional performance in autocracies. His publications appear in International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and the Journal of East Asian Studies. He has various working papers examining the effect of an IMF... Read more

04
Nov
2014

Stabilizing Minority Government: Would New Zealand’s Confidence Protocol or European Constructive Non-Confidence be good for Canada (and perhaps Australia)?

Speaker: Rainer Knopff is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. His work ranges broadly across the areas of public law, public policy, and political thought, with a particular focus on Canadian issues. He has published numerous books, articles, and chapters in these areas. Current work includes a book entitled How Democratic is the Charter, and Does it Matter?, which builds on an article of the same... Read more

12
Sep
2014

Make your impact with the Master of Globalisation

Speaker : Dr April Biccum Location : This is an online event. Want to understand the rapid pace of the world and nature and challenges of global affairs? The Master of Globalisation at ANU is the only degree of its type in Australia that allows you to focus your studies on globalisation. Hear from the Convenor: “The idea behind our master’s program is that it starts with international relations and opens out to courses across the university,... Read more

10
Sep
2014

Regulating Disinformation: Poll Embargo and Electoral Coordination

Seminar 4 Date: 18 March, 2014 Time: 4 - 5.15pm Venue: Building 24, Copland, Room 1171, LJ Hume Centre Speaker: Ignacio Lago is Associate Professor of Political Science at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain). His research interests include electoral systems, political behaviour and party politics. His recent publications have appeared in Economics and Politics, Electoral Studies, European Journal of Political Economy, European Journal of... Read more

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