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