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3.1 Electoral Systems with Professor David Farrell

9/17/2017
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Thank you for joining me in episode 1 of Season 3 of Real Democracy Now! a podcast. Season 3 of the podcast is looking at Elections, electoral systems, electoral reform and alternatives. As you can imagine this is a huge area to cover and I would like to thank Anika Gauja from the University of Sydney who helped me develop a broad structure for this Season. I’m going to start looking at a few areas at a high level before moving into more detail in areas such as electoral systems around...

Duration: 00:33:30


2.18 One change to democracy, part 4

7/23/2017
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Welcome to episode 18 in Season 2 of Real Democracy Now! a podcast. This episode is part 4 of the series where my guests share their views in response to the question: If you could change one thing about our system of democracy what would it be? And it is also the last episode in Season 2 about representative democracy. I’ll be taking a break to put together Season 3 looking at Elections, voting and alternatives. First up let’s hear from Professor Nadia Urbinati’s response to this...

Duration: 00:21:02


2.17 Democracy and ethics with Dr Simon Longstaff

7/16/2017
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Welcome to episode 17 in Season 2 of Real Democracy Now! a podcast. Today I’m talking with Dr Simon Longstaff the Executive Director of The Ethics Centre, based in Sydney, Australia. Simon began his working life on Groote Eylandt (Anindilyakwa) in the Northern Territory where he worked in the Safety Department of the then BHP subsidiary, GEMCO. He is proud of his kinship ties with members of the island’s Indigenous community. Following a period studying law in Sydney and a brief career...

Duration: 00:27:49


2.16 Democracy and capitalism with Professors Morlino Merkel Fung and Associate Professor Näsström

7/12/2017
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Welcome to episode 16 in Season 2 of Real Democracy Now! a podcast. In this episode, I talk to a few of my previous guests about the relationship between representative democracy and capitalism. Some common themes emerge, specifically around the power of capital challenging the power of democratically elected governments and the problem of growing inequality and the erosion of the welfare state and social democracy. My first guest is Professor Wolfgang Merkelwho spoke about his paper Is...

Duration: 00:28:17


2.15 One change to democracy, part 3

7/5/2017
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Thank you for joining me in episode 15 in Season 2 of Real Democracy Now! a podcast. I ask all of my guests two questions: This episode is the third episode where I’ve put together a range of my guests' answers to the question: If you could change one thing about our system of democracy, what would it be? We are very near the end of Season 2 - only three episodes to go and I will soon be starting interviews for Season 3 about elections, voting and alternatives. I intend to...

Duration: 00:21:52


2.Bonus Democratic deficit, a mismatch between expectations & performance plus challenges with Prof Pippa Norris

6/26/2017
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Welcome to this bonus episode in Season 2 of Real Democracy Now! a podcast. Season 2 is about representative democracy and this episode is about the democratic deficit. In episodes 12 and 13 of Season 2 I spoke to a range of academics about the democratic deficit arising from declining levels of trust and structural aspects of our current system of representative democracy. Today I talk with Professor Pippa Norris about the democratic deficit arising from the gap between people’s...

Duration: 00:11:15


Ep2.14 Citizen satisfaction with democracy with A/Prof Quinton Mayne

6/18/2017
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In Episode 14 of Season 2 of Real Democracy Now! a podcast I’m talking with Quinton Mayne, Associate Professor of Public Policy in the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation in the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Quinton received his Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. His dissertation, entitled The Satisfied Citizen: Participation, Influence, and Public Perceptions of Democratic Performance, won the American Political Science Association's...

Duration: 00:48:31


2.13 Democratic deficit , structural aspects with Professors Urbinati, Hindess, Merkel and Morlino plus Dr Fuller & A/Prof Isakhan

6/12/2017
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Welcome to Episode 13 of Season 2 of Real Democracy Now! a podcast. In today’s episode, we are talking at the democratic deficit again, this time focusing more on structural aspects of democracy. First up I talk to Professor Nadia Urbinati. Nadia is a Professor of Political Theory and Hellenic Studies at Columbia University. She is a political theorist who specialises in modern and contemporary political thought and the democratic and anti-democratic traditions. Nadia has written...

Duration: 00:45:38


2.12 Democratic deficit, trust and stealth democracy with Professors Stoker, Warren, and Morlino

6/8/2017
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Welcome to Episode 12 of Season 2 of Real Democracy Now! a podcast. In today’s episode, we are talking at the democratic deficit, focusing on trust and the concept of stealth democracy. First up I talk to Professor Gerry Stoker at his research into trust and democracy as well as the concept of stealth democracy. Gerry is Professor of Governance within Social Sciences: Politics and International Relations at the University of Southampton. He is also the Centenary Professor of...

Duration: 00:34:02


2.11 If you could change one thing about democracy, part 2

6/1/2017
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I ask all of my guests two questions: In episode 1.9 we heard from a number of the guests I interviewed in Season 1 (about deliberative mini-publics) on their view of the essence of a real democracy. And in episode 2. 5 we heard a range of ideas for ‘one change to democracy’. Today is another episode where guests share their idea for that one change (sometimes two) to our system of democracy. I’ve found the answers people have given to this question fascinating. As I mentioned last...

Duration: 00:22:26


2.10 Monitory democracy with Professor John Keane

5/22/2017
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Welcome to episode 10 of Season 2 of Real Democracy Now! a podcast. Today my guest is Professor John Keane. John is Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin. He is also the co-founder and director of the Sydney Democracy Network. He is renowned globally for his creative thinking about democracy and is the author of the Life and Death of Democracy as well writing ‘Democracy Field Notes’ for the Conversation. Today I talk with Professor...

Duration: 01:17:36


2.9 Representation and the Spirit of Democracy with Sofia Näsström

5/14/2017
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Welcome to episode 9 in season 2 of Real Democracy Now! A podcast. In today’s episode, I’m talking to Associate Professor Sofia Näsström from the Department of Government, at the Uppsala University in Sweden. Sofia works in the field of political theory, with a particular focus on issues related to democracy, constituent power, the people, the right to have rights, representation, freedom and precarity. She is currently working on a monograph entitled The Spirit of Democracy: Thinking...

Duration: 00:27:59


2.8 Pragmatic democracy and saving democracy with Professor Archon Fung

5/7/2017
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Today I'm speaking with Professor Archon Fung. Professor Fung is the Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His research explores policies, practices, and institutional designs that deepen the quality of democratic governance. He focuses upon public participation, deliberation, and transparency. He co-directs the Transparency Policy Project and leads democratic governance programs of the Ash Center for...

Duration: 00:27:24


2.6 Democracy with adjectives, Jean-Paul Gagnon

4/23/2017
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Today I’m talking with Assistant Professor Jean-Paul Gagnon from the University of Canberra. Jean-Paul is a philosopher of democracy specialising in democratic theory. Jean-Paul's research into democracy has three areas of focus. The first, which I am talking with him about today, is an ongoing empirical effort to catalogue democracy’s adjectives and to inquire about what knowing these adjectives may come to mean or be used for. The second is to continue contributing to the theory of...

Duration: 00:39:24


2.5 If you could change one thing about democracy what would it be?

4/17/2017
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I ask all of my guests two questions: In episode 1.9 we heard from a number of the guests I interviewed in Season 1 (about deliberative mini-publics) on their view of the essence of a real democracy. Today we hear from guests from Season 1 and 2 on the one change they would make to our system of democracy. I’ve found the answers people have given to this question fascinating. Sometimes people want changes that directly relate to their area of interest and other things they identify...

Duration: 00:17:14


2.4 Non-Western democracy with Benjamin Isakhan & Zelalem Sirna

4/9/2017
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Welcome to episode 4 of Season 2 of Real Democracy Now! A podcast. Today’s episode is about non-Western democracy. I’d like to thank David Schecter for bringing this area of democratic thinking and practice to my attention and for introducing me to my two guests: Associate Professor Benjamin Isakhan and PhD scholar Zelalem Sirna from Ethiopia. Both guests highlight the Eurocentric nature of much of the discourse on democracy and introduce us to some non-western examples of democratic...

Duration: 01:08:56


2.3 Evaluating representative democracy with with Professors Morlino & Merkel & Assistant Professor Pemstein

4/2/2017
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Thank you for joining me in the third episode of Season 2 of Real Democracy Now! A podcast. Season 2 is looking at representative democracy and today I am talking with three academics who take different approaches to evaluating representative democracy. These three approaches are by no means the only ones, in fact there are many indexes and evaluation frameworks in existence. Which is why Dan Pemstein with his colleagues Stephen Meserve and James Melton created the United Democracy Scores...

Duration: 01:00:48


2.2 From direct to representative democracy with Dr Roslyn Fuller and Professor Nadia Urbinati

3/26/2017
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In today’s episode, I’m talking with Dr Roslyn Fuller and Professor Nadia Urbinati. Dr Roslyn Fuller (dipl. jur./erstes Staatsexamen, Goettingen; PhD, Trinity College Dublin) is a Canadian-Irish academic and columnist, specializing in public international law, and the impact of technological innovation on democracy. Her latest book Beasts and Gods: How Democracy Changed Its Meaning and Lost Its Purpose explores the flaws of representative democracy and how they could be addressed through...

Duration: 00:47:22


2.1 Democracy in ancient Greece with Prof Paul Cartledge

3/19/2017
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Welcome back to Real Democracy Now! a podcast.This is episode one of Season Two. Season Two is about representative democracy Season Two is about representative democracy: its origins, components, how it can be evaluated, different approaches to democracy, the democratic deficit and the relationship between democracy and capitalism. In Episode 1 of Season 2, I'm talking to Professor Paul Cartledge. Professor Cartledge was the inaugural A G Levants Professor of Greek Culture Professor...

Duration: 00:34:48


1.19 Deliberative mini-publics - some critiques

2/12/2017
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In this episode I speak to three academics who each take a critical perspective on the operation of deliberative mini-publics. Each of them takes issue with a different aspect of the impact or influence that the recommendations coming from deliberative mini-publics have on public policy. For Associate Professor Genevieve Fuji Johnson the failure of the democratic innovations she studied (which includes deliberative mini-publics and deliberative polling) was that they didn't have any real...

Duration: 01:05:58

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