Election Watch USA

HEMPSTEAD, NY - SEPTEMBER 26:  (L-R) Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton shake hands after the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York.  The first of four debates for the 2016 Election, three Presidential and one Vice Presidential, is moderated by NBC's Lester Holt.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)Have you been following the U.S. Presidential Election? MSoG’s Election Watch page has been covering polls, analyising the candidates and keeping tabs on the latest campaign videos. Check out our coverage of all things U.S. Election.

We are also hosting a live results-viewing event on Wednesday 9 November, in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Consualte General. 

Jim Middleton, former ABC journalist and current Sky News correspondent will facilitate the day with experts from the University of Melbourne who will provide insight into the election results in real-time.

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The Inside Story on the Australian Federal Election

On Wednesday 29 June we held a “political insiders” panel discussion. Watch the video here:

Australia finds itself at a crossroads, with huge decisions awaiting the next government. Our panel of top “insiders” examined how voters are engaging in the “marathon” campaign and how political parties manage their campaigns.

Our panel included:
+ Peta Credlin (Former Chief of Staff to PM Tony Abbott)
+ Ben Hubbard (Former Chief of Staff to PM Julia Gillard)
+ Barrie Cassidy (Host of the ABC’s “Insiders” program)
+ Ellen Whinnett (National Political Editor, Herald Sun)
+ Andrea Carson (Lecturer in Media and Politics, University of Melbourne)
The event was moderated by Nicholas Reece (Principal Fellow, University of Melbourne)

Dr. Robin Niblett considers the future for the EU

The EU is experiencing perhaps its most fraught period since being created in 1957. How does the situation look in a historical context and what are the implications for the EU’s future?rnbio2016hp-133808

The Brexit is the latest vulnerability of the EU and is one that could potentially erode EU (and British) influence and make the EU an unstable partner for important allies such as Australia. Short-term security and border fears in Europe raise serious questions about Britain’s long-term relationship to the EU and how European leadership will act to maintain the strength of the union. 

Dr. Robin Niblett became the Director of Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs) in January 2007. Before joining Chatham House, from 2001 to 2006, Dr. Niblett was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).


Co-hosted with the EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges

Roundtable with David Stuckler

On thAn economic analysis of the relationship between social welfare programmes and population health, led by professor David Stuckler at the University of Oxford. The project is supported by a Society and Ethics New Investigator Award. Oxford University, Manor Road, 2015.e 17th of February, Melbourne School of Government hosted a Boardroom roundtable with Professor David Stuckler. Professor Stuckler’s most recent book, The Body Economic puts forward a radical proposition. Austerity, it argues, is seriously bad for your health. We can prevent financial crises from becoming epidemics, but to do so, we must acknowledge what the hard data tells us: that, throughout history, there is a causal link between the strength of a community’s health and its social protection systems.

 The roundtable was attended by high-level senior policy figures from government, not for profit and private sectors. The key outcome from the discussion was a reminder of the challenges to evidence-based policy when data is hard to get or fragmented but also the importance of academics in developing better and timelier data in order to help shape the debate.

You might enjoy this podcast interview with Professor Stuckler, recorded during his visit to the University of Melbourne http://upclose.unimelb.edu.au/episode/362-costing-us-dearly-toll-austerity-policy-public-health

Democracy in Transition

In December, Melbourne School of Government undertook it’s largest endeavor to date: a practioner conference with international high-ranking officials and academics on the topic of “democracy in transition” with a related website, DemocracyRenewal.edu.au.

Over the course of the year, the DemocracyRenewal website served as a resource and forum for discussion about Western-style democracy. The site featured original and curated opinion articles and summaries of research, reports and statistics from across the world about the functioning of democracy.

Many articles were re-published in other media outlets and led to several interview opportunities for the Melbourne School of Government.

The Democracy in Transition conference was the culmination of our quest to advance the discussion onMILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 4: Students manifestation on October, 4 2013. Students took to the streets to protest against italian austerity claiming their future the challenges facing democracies around the world and what might be done to “fix democracy”. Participants from all over the world discussed, sometimes heatedly, what could be done and these discussions continued between the formal sessions. It was not uncommon to see Simon Hughes, former UK Minister of State for Justice and Civil Liberties, and Maxine McKew, Former Federal Parliamentary Secretary bantering between sessions or Mukulika Banerje  from the London School of Economics and Craig Jeffrey, Director of the Australia India Institute chatting during the coffee break.

You can catch up on what you missed at the conference on the Democracy in Transition blog. This live-blog was a new and very popular innovation for the conference, and we are grateful for all the hard work of MSoG PhD students who reported on all of the sessions for the blog.  

Professor Andrew Walter in the new thinking and the new G20 series

1e73c970d9b911e5a68e2d59ae2b3a16_inset_imageThe New Thinking and the New G20 Series, sponsored by CIGI and the Institute for New Economic Thinking, aims to promote policy and institutional innovation in global economic governance in two key areas: governance of international monetary and financial relations and international collaboration in financial regulation. With authors from eight countries, the 11 papers in this series will add to existing knowledge and offer original recommendations for international policy cooperation and institutional innovation.

In his paper, titled ‘Emerging Countries and Basel III: Why Is Engagement Still Low?’, Andrew Walter examines why official and private sector actors from emerging countries continue to exhibit low levels of engagement with international financial standard setting, and considers what might be done to improve this.

Andrew Walter is a Professor of International Relations in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, and a Senior Fellow in the Melbourne School of Government.

You can read the paper on the CIGI Emerging Countries and Basel III: Why Is Engagement Still Low? web page.

Gerry Simpson Speaks about Crimes Against Humanity at Melbourne-LSE Lecture

gerry-simpsonIn this lecture Gerry Simpson engages in a critical stocktaking of this century of retributive humanitarianism.

Gerry Simpson holds the Kenneth Bailey Chair of Law at Melbourne Law School. From 2010 to 2013 he was Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law at Melbourne Law School and is currently an Open Society Academic Fellow (based in Tbilisi, Georgia). Gerry is the author of Great Powers and Outlaw States (Cambridge, 2004) and Law, War and Crime: War Crimes Trials and the Reinvention of International Law (Polity 2007). He is currently writing a book called The Sentimental Life of International Law and editing Who’s Afraid of International Law (with Rai Gaita) (forthcoming in 2015) as well as co-directing, with Matt Craven and Sundhya Pahuja, a project to rethink the Cold War as a legal event.

Listen to the lecture here: https://soundcloud.com/msog-753232940/gerry-simpson-lse-melbourne-lecture

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