The purpose of this workshop is to draw on emerging knowledge about mobilities, emplacement, displacement and belonging within the social sciences to create dialog between academics, practitioners and policy makers that will extend this knowledge and make it accessible for policy-oriented research and development. As one of the world’s most mobile nations, Australia offers an important arena for this work.
To mark the 10-year anniversary of the Australia-US FTA, this workshop examines Australia’s existing trade policy objectives and prospects for achieving them. What have been the strengths and limitations of Australia’s trade policy approach over the past decade? What are the major trade-related challenges facing Australia in the next ten years? And how might these challenges best be met?
The development of the world’s first global systems of states was a momentous achievement of the twentieth century. Drawing on a wealth of new scholarship in international relations, history, and international law, this workshop reconsiders the emergence of this unique system, and will culiminate in the publication of an edited volume with a leading university press.
The legal regulation of political parties and electoral integrity in Australia Promoting electoral engagement, competition and inclusiveness
As one of the key organisational building blocks of representative democracy, political parties are central to democratic life in a diverse range of polities and at numerous levels of government. Political parties inherently shape the electoral contest – before, during and after polling day. Several aspects of party organisation illustrate this influence: the rules that parties use to select their leaders and candidates profoundly affect political competition, recruitment and access. Variations in organisational structures can facilitate or hinder parties in building and mobilising support bases, promoting citizen engagement in politics, and either helping to stabilise political competition or to contribute to its volatility.