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Expert opinion and analysis on government, power, policy and people and how it shapes our world.

  1. 16 August 2017 – Constitution, Law, Plebiscite, Referendum, Same Sex Marriage

    Australia’s referendum drought

    As Australians prepare for a postal vote on marriage equality, the University of Melbourne looks at whether Australia needs more plebiscites and referendums.

  2. Podcast11 August 2017 – Democracy, Elections, Government, Media, Politics

    Phantom democracies

    Political thinker John Keane on the rise of corrupt political regimes that employ democratic rhetoric, social media and economic growth to win over the public.

  3. 11 July 2017 – Donald Trump, Policy, Politics, Twitter, United States

    Trump and the decline of the virtuous presidency

    The Founding Fathers' ideals for the office of President included dignity and virtue; Donald Trump doesn't uphold these, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  4. 10 July 2017 – Donald Trump, Europe, European Union, Eurozone, Populism

    Crises in the EU: What does the future hold?

    The European Union is navigating multiple challenges in the face of large debts and rising populism. University of Melbourne experts ask what the future holds.

  5. 22 June 2017 – ASEAN, Asia, European Union, International affairs, Politics

    Should the EU be considered a model for ASEAN?

    As the EU and ASEAN celebrate 40 years of relations, the University of Melbourne looks at whether ASEAN should look to the EU as a role model of integration?

  6. 20 June 2017 – Brexit, Britain, Politics, Populism, UK General Election 2017

    Why British Labour voters stayed true to their roots

    The UK Conservative Party failed to woo the working class in the north of England who voted to 'leave' in Brexit. A University of Melbourne expert explains why.

  7. 20 June 2017 – Domestic Violence, Family Violence, Personal safety, Security, Technology

    Can CCTV help prevent family violence?

    CCTV has been touted as a way to prevent serious threats of family violence, but University of Melbourne research asks whether it provides a false security?

  8. 19 June 2017 – 2017 French Legislative Election, 2017 French Presidential Election, Europe, France , Politics

    France clearly ‘On the Move’

    Macron's En Marche! won an overall majority in the French legislative election but will still face challenges in government, says the University of Melbourne.

  9. 13 June 2017 – Donald Trump, Politics, Populism, United States, White House

    Donald Trump and the uneasy alliance

    The Trump administration's split between Steve Bannon's 'alt-right' and the more moderate Jared Kushner is causing a rift, says a University of Melbourne expert

  10. 9 June 2017 – Brexit, European Union, Neo-liberalism, Politics, UK General Election 2017

    Uncertainty in the UK

    The British electorate has rejected Theresa May and the Tories, making a no-deal outcome in Brexit talks more likely, says a University of Melbourne expert.