'Strong Patronage, Weak Parties' and 'Democracy for Sale'

Join us for the launch of two books: Strong Patronage, Weak Parties: The Case for Electoral System Redesign in the Philippines edited by Professor Paul Hutchcroft; and Democracy for Sale: Elections, Clientelism, and the State in Indonesia by Professor Edward Aspinall (co-authored with Ward Berenschot).

Algerian Protests: A Popular Movement Against an Ailing President

President Bouteflika has now bowed to protesters' demands and withdrawn his candidacy, but he still remains in office and has postponed the presidential elections.

DP 2019/03 The Search for Democracy in Fiji

This Discussion Paper is the third of a trilogy written after the November 2018 election in Fiji.

Managing the US Base Issue in Okinawa: A Test for Japanese Democracy

Aurelia George Mulgan, ‘Managing the US Base Issue in Okinawa: A Test for Japanese Democracy’, IR Working Paper 2000/1, Canberra: Department of International Relations, Research Sc

Democracy for Sale: Elections, Clientelism, and the State in Indonesia

Democracy for Sale is an on-the-ground account of Indonesian democracy, analyzing its election campaigns and behind-the-scenes machinations.

Creating "Good International Citizens": Middle Powers and Domestic Political Institutions

Jeremy Youde and Tracy Hoffmann Slagter, ‘Creating “Good International Citizens”: Middle Powers and Domestic Political Institutions’, Seton Hall Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations

Fiji’s New Parliament and Democracy

Parliaments play a crucial role in enhancing democracy, especially in countries that are transitioning from an authoritarian regime to a democratic system. Parliaments are

Nauru’s Retreat from Democracy

Nauru’s commitment to democracy and the rule of law has recently come under question. The Nauru government, under president Baron Waqa and justice minister David Adeang, moved quickly after its election in 2013 to dismiss the Resident Magistrate and prevent the Chief Justice from returning to Nauru, while effectively barring journalists by increasing their visa fee from $200 to $8,000. The sequel was the indefinite suspension from parliament of three MPs for ‘talking too much to foreign media’, and of two more for ‘behaving in an unruly manner’.

After the vote

On 8 November Myanmar got its chance to vote. But what happens next is equally important, writes Nicholas Farrelly.


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