In 1990, the eminent American political scientist Charles Lindblom published a book called Inquiry and Change: the troubled attempt to understand and shape society. In it, he argued that, despite the concerted effort of many thousands of social scientists working over the preceeding century, he could not identify ‘a single science finding or idea that is undeniably indespensable to any social task or effort.’ What are the particular difficulties facing contemporary social scientists and how relevant are Lindblom’s assertions today?
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Political Secularism in Australia
At a time when religion apears to have dwindling significance in the day-to-day lives of an increasing number of Australians, there appears to be a rise in references to religion in the recent speeches of Australian politicians. Is this because clerics have an overwhelming influence on the voting habits of their declining congregations? Or, are there other factors at work?
Effects of the Single Transferable Vote (STV) on Political Parties and Divided Societies
In Australia STV is, in principle, the electoral system used to elect Australian Senators. STV is a proportional electoral system intended to maintain the link between deputy and constituency. Does STV function as intended or does it have structural flaws that fragment some parties and exacerbate divisions in society?
Conrad E Copeland
Cricket Captains, Celebrity Cults and the Bullying Problem
Is the mainstream Australian media, and through it Australian society, being affected by the new electronic media? Are we now seeing the less inhibited and arguably more ruthless style of internet reporters and bloggers influencing traditional print and broadcast media? Will standards and regulations keep pace or will the comparatively lawless web invite more anarchy into the broader world?
The Launch of the Gobal Youth Academy
ANC Tensions Keep Party Together
Abu Dhabi: The City that Grew out of a Desert
Review Essay – Historians and the First World War
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