Sustainable Agricultural and Food Policy in the 21st Century: Challenges and Solutions

Producers, distributors, retailers, consumers and governments face many challenges in managing production and distribution risks and public expectations along the agricultural and food value chain. Among the numerous issues that are seen to require increasing attention by the agricultural and food sector, are:



Bringing Australia and the EU Closer: Is an FTA the solution?

For the last twenty years Australia and the European Union have been seeking an enduring model for a closer intergovernmental and business relationship. Since October 2010 the two have been negotiating a treaty-level Framework Agreement, which would provide for closer cooperation and consultation across a range of policy areas. Specific commitments in trade policy are not, however, envisaged by either side. After more than three years these negotiations have not yet been finalised. 

Australian Election Study Workshop

Political opinion polls are an inescapable part of everyday life. Government or opposition policies rarely see the light of day without some poll evidence to gauge the public’s response to them. Party leaders are constantly evaluated against their poll ratings, not least by their colleagues, and consistently low ratings can often spell a leader’s demise. The most reliable way in which to monitor trends in public opinion is to examine responses over an extended period of time, using questions asked in the same way and included in surveys that use the same methodology.

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 name.

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.

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.

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, constitutions, elections), and executive-legislative relations.

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 - adjudicate among them?

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 integrity? Why do elections fail? And what can be done to mitigate these problems?

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 provide the leader with security from both internal and external threats that is independent of the local population’s support for the leader.


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