Election preview: Russia

March 18, 2018

Russia's presidential election, or "election", doesn't require much analysis, but it still raises some interesting issues.

Election preview: South Australia

March 16, 2018 1

South Australians go to the polls, with little reason to think that the electoral system will reflect their wishes.

Italy: populists and populism

March 13, 2018

Will Italy's rival populists get together? Or does that idea rest on a misunderstanding?

Options for Italy, revisited

March 6, 2018

The Italian results might look complicated, but they really boil down to just two options.

Italy’s choice

March 5, 2018 2

As Italian results come in, Silvio Berlusconi fades to irrelevance and the Five Star Movement faces a momentous choice.

Election preview: Italy

March 4, 2018

The centre-left's predicament in Italy probably looks worse than it is. But in the circumstances that's not much consolation.

Election preview: Tasmania

March 1, 2018

A Liberal government with a reduced majority looks the most likely outcome from Saturday's state election.

Options for Italy

February 27, 2018 2

A refractory populist bloc and an octogenarian kingmaker pose big problems for forming government in Italy.

The trials of social democracy

February 20, 2018 3

Centre-left parties in Germany and Italy are putting their futures on the line next week. There's a thriving industry in trying to work out what's gone wrong with social democracy.

An update on Green support

February 16, 2018

It's time to have another look at what's been happening to the Green vote. Unfortunately, it depends a bit on what you're trying to measure.