The political turmoil around the world has a common theme—that democracies are failing to address the rising expectations of the affluent and educated middle class. Professor Francis Fukuyama and Professor John Keane speak to Dr. Norman Swan about what the future holds for democracy if it cannot deliver on the promise of middle-class prosperity.
A recent poll by the Lowy Institute suggests many young Australians are ambivalent about the virtues of democracy, while leading democracy scholar John Keane warns that democracy has reached a ‘tipping point’ similar to the 1930s. Three political thinkers give us their perspectives on the changing nature of the Democratic tradition and where it [...]
This talk aims to provoke discussion about the long-term, ‘deep’ effects of green politics on the language and institutions and ‘imaginary’ of democracy. Some of these effects are more obvious than others, he points out. In half a generation, green-minded intellectuals, movements and political parties have helped ensure that such matters as chemical pollutants, nuclear [...]
ABC 24 talks to Professor John Keane about Julian Assange’s bid for Senate. Professor Keane spent a day with Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. 3 April 2013. Original Link here -> Lunch and dinner with Julian Assange, in prison
If you were told that the Islamic world was the birthplace of the democratic system would you believe it? What about the claim that South Australia played a leading role in the development of democracy?
New Reasons Why Media and Democracy Matter in the Early Years of the Twenty-First Century Insights 2012: Inaugural Lecture Series, Thursday 31 May 2012 Listen to Audio
The internationally renowned democracy expert, Professor John Keane, joined a special Sydney Writers’ Festival panel discussion on Thursday 17 May in the University of Sydney’s Great Hall on the future of the Occupy movement.
702 ABC Sydney _ May 17, 2011 The Spanish Indignados movement began a year ago and is said to be the forerunner to the Occupy movement that began in New York last September. Since then we have seen the Occupy movement spread across the world, from Armenia to Mexico to Malaysia to Australia. Some occupations have closed [...]
During my first encounter with him, in Prague in 1984, when everything seemed hopeless, I was struck by the man’s hedgehog resilience. Here was a rarity: an unusual figure, intense but witty, a clear-headed thinker and a wonderful writer, a courageous individual blessed with a razor-sharp sense of irony; a chain-smoking man of letters whose [...]
An interview about Vaclav Havel with The World Today’s Eleanor Hall, ABC Radio, 19 December 2011 Listen to Audio Transcript As mourners gather in Prague’s Wenceslas Square to pay respect to their late former president, tributes to Vaclav Havel have been pouring in from leaders around the world. US president Barack Obama says the man [...]