What happened in the US was Very Bad
A violent mob storming the US Capitol building was described as a ‘coup attempt’ but the fallout could be even greater, explains University of Melbourne expert.
As the US elections near, global democracy is at stake
A University of Melbourne expert says the result of the US Elections will not just shape US democracy, but could diminish the very idea of democracy globally.
The state of democracy, before and during COVID-19
We are facing a global democratic recession, but the pandemic has intensified the focus on what we want from democracy, says University of Melbourne's Tom Daly.
In times of crisis, does parliament really matter?
Parliaments across Australia have been sidelined during COVID-19, which has concerned experts but not the public. A University of Melbourne expert asks why?
When tools for a health emergency become tools of oppression
Surveillance technology and powers deployed to combat COVID-19 can and are being used to threaten civil freedoms, University of Melbourne experts warn.
How COVID-19 is hitting some democracies harder than others
University of Melbourne research finds that COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on democracy worldwide, but some democracies are more resilient than others.
Do we really need a tracking app and can we trust it?
Privacy must be central to any COVID-19 app, but there are other ways to track infections and an app may not work anyway, say University of Melbourne experts.
The COVID-19 responsibility we all own
As citizens, we have a responsibility to heed COVID-19 health advice or risk increasingly severe government restrictions says a University of Melbourne expert.
Civil society is seen as supporting democracy, but now it is also fostering the forces that are undermining it, says a University of Melbourne expert
Renewing Democracy in a time of environmental crisis
Social researcher and author Dr Rebecca Huntley says renewing democracy is critical to dealing with climate change since we have little trust in our politicians