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Poland pulls back

Charles RichardsonJul 25, 2017

Poland's plan to bring its judiciary under government control hits an unexpected roadblock. Presidential initiative isn't always a bad thing.

Yet another view of neoliberalism

Charles RichardsonJul 20, 20172 Comments

An American liberal's interpretation of "neoliberalism" explores the messaging strategy of the left.

Poland and populism

Charles RichardsonJul 17, 2017

Anti-government protests in Poland offer a window on the difference between liberals and conservatives, and also an opportunity to think about whether the authoritarian right deserves the label of "populist".

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Parties, elections and political ideas across the globe from an Australian perspective

Mr Macron and his parliament

Charles RichardsonJul 11, 20172 Comments

Emmanuel Macron faces many policy challenges, but he is at least enjoying continued success in his project of disrupting the French party system.

Election preview: Papua New Guinea

Charles RichardsonJul 6, 2017

A chaotic election in Papua New Guinea represents, among other things, the failings of Australian colonialism.

The war against Arab democracy

Charles RichardsonJul 3, 20173 Comments

The conflict with Qatar is fundamentally about the possibility of democracy in the Arab world. That's why Saudi and Trumpian autocrats are on the same side.

EOFY election roundup

Charles RichardsonJun 30, 20171 Comment

As the financial year comes to a close, we tie up some loose ends on recent electoral news.

Deadline in Belfast

Charles RichardsonJun 29, 20172 Comments

The shadow of Brexit and the precariousness of Theresa May's position are making it hard to put together a new government in Northern Ireland.

Election preview: Albania

Charles RichardsonJun 23, 2017

Albania continues to move towards political stability, with its prime minister seeking a mandate to negotiate entry to the European Union.

Georgia on their minds

Charles RichardsonJun 21, 20176 Comments

Republicans win an astronomically expensive Congressional race in Georgia, and almost lose the low-profile one in neighboring South Carolina.