Category Archives: Philosophy

Down with Presidentialism: Guest post by Mike Pepperday

People disappointed with democratic outcomes often call for better education of the citizenry. But the democracies began, and flourished, in the nineteenth century, when people were quite poorly educated. They proved resilient and backsliding only seems to occur where democracy … Continue reading

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Good old Collingwood forever: Speech to the Australian Evaluation Society Annual Conference

In Memoriam: Bill Craven 1 Herewith my speech to the Australian Evaluation Society Annual Conference dinner last night, also published at The Mandarin. I In 2005 Peter Shergold, the country’s most senior public servant said this: If there were a single cultural … Continue reading

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Some Game of Thrones Season 8 speculation

Let me indulge, purely for entertainment value, in some fan-speculation on what we will see on-screen after the Long Night is over and the final 6 episodes Of Game of Thrones are run in 2019. Let me first talk about … Continue reading

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The last man in Europe: waiting to be read in a bookstore near you!

I’ve known Dennis Glover since we were both staffers in Parliament during the Hawke-Keating years (I was there in 1981, 83-4 and 1991-3 until just after the ‘sweetest victory of all’ in 1993 which with hindsight I wish John Hewson … Continue reading

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Five ways to tell if you’re REALLY doing strategy

Cross posted from the Mandarin. Introduction Strategy is crucial for organisations. But as I’ve previously argued, a great deal of what passes for strategic thinking is a kind of anti-thinking. Typically strategy begins by determining some overarching objective – the end – with … Continue reading

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Government for the people, of the people, by people who are pretending

Choosing a Public-Spirited Leader. An experimental investigation of political selection By: Thomas Markussen (epartment of Economics, University of Copenhagen) ; Jean-Robert Tyran (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen) In this experiment, voters select a leader who can either act in the … Continue reading

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On the Origins and Consequences of Racism

We use a novel method to measure racism at both the individual and the country level. We show that our measure of racism has a strong negative and significant impact on economic development, quality of institutions and education. We then … Continue reading

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