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Explore and analyse all aspects of the human condition. Delve into stories about our culture and society.

  1. 2 May 2016 – Gender, Human Behaviour , Popular Culture , Sociology

    Why boys are blue and girls are pink

    Ever wondered why pink represents girls and boys generally identify with the colour blue? Centuries ago it was a very different story.

  2. 9 November 2015 – Democracy, Government, Juries, Policy

    Governments have lost the art of involving the people

    South Australia is developing a new range of tools that involve people in making public decisions.

  3. 26 April 2016 – Donald Trump, Marketing, Reality TV, US Presidential Elections, US politics

    Virtual reality bites back

    Donald Trump's march on the US presidency is driven by a culture that allows figures like the reality TV star to thrive says University of Melbourne expert.

  4. 23 June 2016 – Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, US Presidential Elections, US politics, United States

    Mrs and Mr President

    Hillary Clinton's presidential tilt could return Bill Clinton to the White House. A University of Melbourne says it shows dynasty politics is alive and well.

  5. 18 April 2016 – Australian Politics, Civil War, G20, Peace, Wars

    Peacemaker: Is Australia up to the task?

    Australia's lack of action - and motivation - to assist in lessening conflicts overseas remains a critical gap in our defence policy.

  6. 5 June 2016 – Australian Federal Elections, Australian Politics, Politics, Social Media, United States

    Social media politics: For and against

    Social media has brought unprecedented access and power to ordinary citizens but is it improving the political discourse – or making it worse?

  7. 4 April 2016 – Cuba, Trade, United States

    Beyond big cigars and vintage cars

    President Obama has opened the door with his historic visit to Cuba, but building social trust with the locals is the next step in growing the relationship

  8. Live ended4 December 2015 – Democracy, Development, Leadership, Policy, Politics

    Blog: Democracy in Transition

    Regular updates from the 2015 Democracy in Transition conference, hosted by the Melbourne School of Government.

  9. 1 March 2018 – Election Watch, Elections, Europe, Italy, Politics

    Will Berlusconi make a comeback in Italy? It’s anybody’s guess

    Italians are voting to elect a new government and a new prime minister; a University of Melbourne expert finds it's a very unpredictable political contest.

  10. 16 June 2016 – Debt, Government, Nanny State, Public Policy, Taxes

    Government: When enough is enough

    The size of government in Australia is no bigger than average but some fear the nanny state is taking over, say University of Melbourne experts