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Bob Brown and the media: ‘I’ll take them on … they’ve crossed the line’

Welcome to “In Conversation”, the first in a series of discussions between leading academics and major public figures in Australian life. Today Politics Professor John Keane is in conversation with Senator Bob Brown, leader of the Australian Greens. John Keane is Professor...

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02 June 2011
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Bin Laden, Assassination and Democracy

Osama bin Laden is dead – assassinated a fortnight ago by bullets sprayed from the guns of special armed forces of the United States. During the wild celebrations that followed, the word “assassination” was never once used by politicians. There were...

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16 May 2011
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Revolution in the Arab world

Great revolutionary convulsions typically trigger long-lasting reflections on their causes and consequences. The European tradition of political thinking harbours many well-known examples, including Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), Harold Laski’s Reflections on the Revolution of Our...

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02 May 2011
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How universities learnt a lesson in humility – and are all the better for it

The ivory tower has been destroyed – metaphorically speaking. Alan Levine/flickr   Foundation Essay – Universities are still often known as ivory towers, other-worldly spaces of solitude where privileged elites known as academics seek refuge from the harsh realities of the...

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05 April 2011
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Libya, intellectuals and democracy: an open letter to Professor David Held

John Keane asks David Held to look back over events and reconsider his reactions to a dissimulator. Was this an error of theory or of practice? Hasn’t the LSE Libya affair done damage to the scholarly credibility of research programmes...

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19 March 2011
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Democracy in the Age of Google, Facebook and WikiLeaks

In the beginning there was the grand spectacle of a worldwide satellite television broadcast, featuring Maria Callas, Pablo Picasso and the Beatles. Then came fax machines, photocopiers, video recorders and personal computers. Now there are electronic books, scanners and smart...

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09 March 2011
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