Foreign Elections

Electoral systems and gender equity redux

Today’s Age reports that, according to research by the Inter-Parliamentary Union: Women’s representation in parliaments is most likely to increase where there is some sort of system of quotas, an analysis of international elections held last year shows. Whatever the […]

O Canada!

Most of the predictions for the Canadian election I’d seen were for a continuation of Conservative minority government, with all the interest lying in whether the leftish National Democratic Party would overtake the Liberals, as polls had indicated. The first […]

Piggy in the middle: The UK Lib Dems and student fees

I think the only real coverage we’ve had of the vote in the House of Commons the other day on trebling the cap on student fees to 9000 pounds (with a huge clawback of basic teaching funding to ensure that […]

Walden Bello on the political consequences of stagnation

Walden Bello is a senior analyst at Philippine think-tank Focus on the Global South, the author of more than 14 books, and was awarded the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize) in 2003 for “… outstanding […]