The problem with democracy

27 Nov 2013

In 1947 Winston Churchill famously declared "it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried''. It would take a brave person to disagree with him.

But then he had not seen how hard it is for elected Governments now to undertake even the most necessary reforms if those challenge major business interests or impose any significant cost or inconvenience on voters generally.

It is unlikely Winston Churchill would have imagined that one day there would be a salary packaging industry.

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The rise of the populists

4 Nov 2013

The big surprise on election night in Australia was the success of the fledgling Palmer United Party (PUP). This continued a trend of brand new populist parties doing well in recent elections.

Formed only five months before the election by mining magnate Clive Palmer, PUP fielded candidates in all seats and secured, on latest figures, 5.5 per cent of the nationwide vote. In Queensland it became almost overnight the third biggest party polling 11 per cent of the vote, well ahead of the Greens on 6 per cent.

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Social Media and Elections

4 Nov 2013

In Field Dates: 

1 Jan 2013 to 31 Mar 2013

Please find a link to UMR Research Director Stephen Mill's contribution to the publication "Social Media and Elections in Asia - Pacific" below:

http://www.kas.de/medien-asien/en/publications/35939

Please also find some associated research in the PDF below:

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Most NZers think expelled list MPs should resign

17 Dec 2012

In Field Dates: 

6 Dec 2012 to 10 Dec 2012

70% of New Zealanders believe that list MPs who are expelled from their parties should have to resign from parliament, according to a UMR Research poll released today.  16% think that they should not have to leave parliament, while 14% are undecided.

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